Reading Nafisi Reading Lolita: Re-Orientalism in 21st century American Literature
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Abstract Although Edward Said’s theorization of Orientalism has been widely applied to literary works over the last four decades, it should also be considered how it has been re-theorized and renewed as a result of more contemporary literature. In reaction to Said’s term, scholar Lisa Lau has coined the concept of “Re-Orientalism,” which means that diasporic authors are representing the people from the Orient in the West while they are Oriental themselves, though at the same time they are non-Oriental, or Occidental, because of their current residence. In this thesis, I apply Lau’s theory of Re-Orientalism to one of the most successful diasporic memoirs in 21st century American literature: Azar Nafisi’s Reading Lolita in Tehran. I conclude that Nafisi’s work has distorted the representation of the Other in the West and that it reinforces Western stereotypes.