Actually, I’m really interested in my paper on Reading Lolita in Tehran. My professor suggested we either look at a passage from our books (we could choose from three books) or look at a recurring idea/theme in our books. I decided to go with the passage. It’s near the end of the book but all along I’d been thinking and processing the book along the lines of this passage:
It is said that the personal is political. That is not true, of course. At the core of the fight for political rights is the desire to protect ourselves, to prevent the political from intruding on our individual lives. Personal and political are interdependent but not one and the same thing. The realm of imagination is a bridge between them, constantly refashioning one in terms of the other. Plato’s philosopher-king knew this and so did the blind censor, so it was perhaps not surprising that the Islamic Republic’s first task had been to blur the lines and boundaries between the personal and the political, thereby destroying them both. -- Reading Lolita in Tehran.
And just so we're super clear, that’s from Reading Lolita in Tehran by Azar Nafisi. Not me. I’ve never been to Tehran nor have I read Lolita. Though I think I’ll look into it this summer. It sounds interesting.
Anyway, I decided to look at that passage with regards to veiling. I know, I know... the veil again. I find we pick on the veil a lot. I don’t think I ever really had an opinion about it until well... now because I know more about it. But that’s not really my point. I thought the way she talked about the veil was really interesting. I felt like there was a kind of constant back and forth going on over it. Which is what I’m focussing on. I won’t put all my thoughts up here in case some of my classmates get the bright idea to rip off my idea. HIST 3805 students that means you!
The only downer is that I somehow have to write pretty much all of it tomorrow and study for a midterm. How do I get into these situations? I have a fun little tidbit though. While writing my intro, I was attempting to put my selected passage into a block quote. Do you think I could find the magical button that would allow me to do so? No. I at last relented and asked Word for help. This popped up.