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Reading Lolita in Tehran, A Memoir in Books Essay | Critical Essay #1

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Critical Essay #1

Petrusso is a history and screenwriting scholar and freelance writer and editor. In this essay, Petrusso argues that the home-based class Nafisi taught is not the heart of the story, but merely a frame for the primary concepts in the book.

In his review of Reading Lolita in Tehran: A Memoir in Books, Jonathan Yardley of the Washington Post spends nearly the whole of his piece analyzing only the book's first section, "Part I: Lolita." This is the introductory part of Azar Nafisi's memoir in which she primarily discusses the home-based literature class for women she organized after leaving her second major university appointment in Tehran in the mid-1990s. Yardley concludes his review by arguing:

Most of the rest of the book is concerned with her life before 1995. Because she is intelligent and thoughtful and writes well, this is frequently interesting...

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