[lit-ideas] Re: Reading Lolita in Tehran

  • From: Scribe1865@xxxxxxx
  • To: lit-ideas@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
  • Date: Wed, 21 Apr 2004 01:33:11 EDT

In a message dated 4/20/2004 9:45:40 PM Eastern Daylight Time, 
mccreery@xxxxxxx writes:
can think of two possibilities. Cerrie has provided an example of 
one, paying close attention to the details, which communicate 
differences as well as similarities to whatever analogous figures come to 
mind, based on the worlds in which we individually live. The other is to shift 
the plane of the argument, as Nafisi tries to do here, from any particular case 
to a more abstract and general perspective.
The first of these possibilities appeals to the anthropologist in me; 
the second to the philosopher I once thought I might become. But what am I 
missing here?
The first, Ceri's example, is also the more Nabokovian route. There's a scene 
in _Ada_ where a character asks another "Is that your father sitting under 
the elm tree?" The reply, "No, it's an oak tree," reminds us to pay attention 
the particulars, the details, which is where we all live.

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