Vladimir Nabokov's Lolita

Vladimir Nabokov's Lolita : A Casebook

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Midway through last century, Lolita burst on the literary scene-a Russian exile's extraordinary gift to American letters and the New World. The scandal provoked by the novel's subject-the sexual passion of a middle-aged European for a twelve-year-old American girl-was quickly upstaged by the critical attention it received from readers, scholars, and critics around the world. This casebook gathers together an interview with Nabokov as well as nine critical
essays. The essays follow a progression focusing first on textual and thematic features and then proceeding to broader issues and cultural implications, including the novel's relations to other works of literature and art and the movies adapted from it.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 218 pages
  • 139 x 210 x 16mm | 302g
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • New
  • 0195150333
  • 9780195150339
  • 946,038

Table of contents

1: Introduction
2: The Art of Persuasion in Nabokov's Lolita: Nomi Tamir-Ghez
3: Parody and Authenticity in Lolita: Thomas R. Frosch
4: "Even Homais Nods": Nabokov's Fallibility, or How to Revise Lolita: Bryan Boyd
5: Nabokov's Novel Offspring: Lolita and Her Kin: Ellen Pifer
6: "So Nakedly Dressed": The Text of the Female Body in Nabokov's Novels: Jenefer Shute
7: "Ballet Attitudes": Nabokov's Lolita and Petipa's The Sleeping Beauty: Susan Elizabeth Sweeney
8: Artist in Exile: The Americanization of Humbert Humbert: John Haegert
9: Lolita and the Poetry of Advertising: Rachel Bowlby
10: Revisiting Lolita [on film]: Michael Wood
11: Interview with Vladimir Nabokov: Herbert Gold
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... for Nabokov scholars, Pifer has taken the opportunity to bring together articles that might well have otherwise escaped their attention. * The Slavonic and East European Review *
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About Ellen Pifer

Ellen Pifer is Professor of English and Comparative Literature at the University of Delaware. She is a former president of the International Vladimir Nabokov Society and the author of Nabokov and the Novel.
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