Azar Nafisi Essay | "A Good Novel Is Subversive"

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"A Good Novel Is Subversive"

Summary: In her novel Reading Lolita in Tehran, Azar Nafisi challenges the reader to question the world around them and the views commonly accepted by society, claiming strongly that a good novel is subversive. The novel questions the government of her native Iran, challenges the views and accepted ways in that country, and draws the reader into a world of hardships that she and her fellow Iranians must face. The novel utilizes references to F. Scott Fitzgerald's The Great Gatsby and also challenges Americans to defy the norm.
Subversive Is as Subversive Does:

In Azar Nafisi's novel, Reading Lolita in Tehran, the author strongly claims that a good novel is subversive, meaning that it challenges an established government. I agree with her. Set in the late 1970s and the early 1980s, Reading Lolita in Tehran is a bibliography of an educated Iranian woman. Nafisi, after living in America for seventeen years, comes home to a place that was once sentimental and special to her (Nafisi 81). However, as Nafisi soon discovers, her homeland has changed drastically since she left it. The author is not only a professor at a public university, but is also the head of a clandestine reading group that is comprised of several of her female students. The author argues that a novel should challenge accepted ideas and authority, all the while making bold interpretations and observations that speak out against...

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