Jasmine and Stars Reading More Than Lolita in Tehran

ISBN-10: 0807859575
ISBN-13: 9780807859575
Edition: 2009
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Description: In a direct, frank, and intimate exploration of Iranian literature and society, scholar, teacher, and poet Fatemeh Keshavarz challenges popular perceptions of Iran as a society bereft of vitality and joy. Her fresh perspective on present day Iran  More...

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List price: $19.00
Copyright year: 2009
Publisher: University of North Carolina Press
Publication date: 2/1/2009
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 192
Size: 5.75" wide x 9.00" long x 0.50" tall
Weight: 0.594
Language: English

In a direct, frank, and intimate exploration of Iranian literature and society, scholar, teacher, and poet Fatemeh Keshavarz challenges popular perceptions of Iran as a society bereft of vitality and joy. Her fresh perspective on present day Iran provides a rare insight into this rich but virtually unknown culture alive with artistic expression.Keshavarz introduces readers to two modern Iranian women writers whose strong and articulate voices belie the stereotypical perception of Iranian women as voiceless victims in a country of villains. She follows with a lively critique of the best-sellingReading Lolita in Tehran: A Memoir in Books, which epitomizes what Keshavarz calls the "New Orientalist narrative"--marred by stereotype and prejudice more often tied to current geopolitical conflicts than to an understanding of Iran.Blending in firsthand glimpses of her own life--from childhood memories in 1960s Shiraz to her present life as a professor in America--Keshavarz paints a portrait of Iran depicting both cultural depth and intellectual complexity. With a scholar's expertise and a poet's hand, she helps amplify the powerful voices of contemporary Iranians and leads readers toward a deeper understanding of the country's past and present.

Fatemeh Keshavarz is the Roshan Chair in Persian Studies and Director of the School of Languages, Literatures and Cultures at the University of Maryland. She is a published poet and author of six books including Reading Mystical Lyric: the Case of Jalal al-Din Rumi, Recite in the Name of the Red Rose: Poetic Sacred Making in Twentieth Century Iran, and Jasmine and Stars: Reading More than Lolita in Tehran. In 2009, her NPR appearance on 'On Being: The Ecstatic Faith of Rumi' received the Peabody Award, and she received the Hershel Walker Peace and Justice Award.

Acknowledgments
Introduction: What Does the Elephant Look Like?
The Jasmine, the Stars, and the Grasshoppers
The Eternal Forough: The Voice of Our Earthly Rebellion
My Uncle the Painter
Women without Men: Fireworks of the Imagination
The Good, the Missing, and the Faceless: What Is Wrong with Reading Lolita in Tehran
Tea with My Father and the Saints
Recommended Reading
Index

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