[lit-ideas] Re: Reading Lolita in Tehran

  • From: Omar Kusturica <omarkusto@xxxxxxxxx>
  • To: lit-ideas@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
  • Date: Sat, 3 Apr 2004 02:20:24 -0800 (PST)

--- John McCreery <mccreery@xxxxxxx> wrote:

> "But to steal the words from Humbert, the
> poet/criminal of _Lolita_ 
> [now, it seems to me, a curious tricksy embodiment
> both of the men who 
> deny the reality of women's individuality by
> subsuming them in their 
> fantasies and, simultaneously, of the
> "poet/criminal" status of the 
> women who are, surreptitiously in Islamic
> Revolutionary Iran, reading 
> _Lolita_]...but, the quote continues, "I need you,
> the reader, to 
> imagine us, for we won't really exist if you don't."
> As a sociologist/social anthropologist who has read
> George Herbert 
> Mead, Peter Berger and Thomas Luckman, I am tempted
> to say, "Ah, hah, 
> these women's individuality will remain unreal
> unless others, we 
> readers, recognize and thus rescue it from the
> obliteration symbolized 
> by the robes and scarves that reduce them to an
> ayatollah's idea of 
> Woman instead of individual women. Great example of
> the social 
> construction of reality..." 

Lolita would seem like a bit strange choice of book to
serve as a tool of women's liberation. Well, let a
thousand flowers blossom.


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