Neo-Orientalist Narrative of Azar Nafisi’s Reading Lolita in Tehran

  • Fariba Jafari Ph.D. Student of English Literature Aligarh Muslim University
  • Jawed S. Ahmed Associate Professor Department of English, AMU, Aligarh, India
Keywords: Neo-Orientalist narrative, Azar Nafisi, Reading Lolita in Tehran, Orientalism, Tehran, East, West.


Neo-Orientalist narrative of Azar Nafisi’s Reading Lolita in Tehran breaks the commonly held stereotypes about the Orient and rationalizes war in the Middle East. First, this article attempts to demonstrate how Nafisi’s novel fits in the category of Neo-Orientalist discourse, which justifies the imperialist rhetoric of force in the Middle East. Secondly, it highlights how Nafisi’s narrative consciously or unconsciously distorts the reality of social, political and historical context of Iran. Last but not the least, it shows how the novel sustains the false dichotomy between the West and the East by reinforcing the supremacy of the Occident as the rational and modern, and Orient as backward and barbaric.


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