THE LITERARY INDEX

LITERARY CRITICISM AND ANALYSIS OF NOVELS AND POETRY

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Lolita
By Vladimir Nabokov

An essay by Eric Goldman, a professor of American Literature at the University of Connecticut, examining various aspects of this controversial novel, including critical assessments, cultural myth, and the ways Nabokov challenges reader assumptions.
A paper by Monica Manolescu-Oancea focusing on how Nabokov 'invented' America in this novel with an emphasis on the author's "geographic and toponymic sensibility".
An essay by Tracy Wendt Lemaster looking at the sociological factors the 'nymphet' figure represents in this novel and Sam Mendes's film American Beauty. With reference to the work of Professor James R. Kincaid and others.
An essay by Rhys Griffiths of University College London which adopts Jameson's view of postmodernism as the product of a consumer society for a comparative analysis of Lolita and Wim Wenders's film Paris, Texas.
In this essay, Krin Gabbard of State University of New York, adopts Professor Gaylyn Studlar's model of a masochistic aesthetic, as well as Freudian psychoanalytic theorizing of sadism and masochism, to explore the dynamics of the relationship between Nabokov's text and screenplay, and Kubrick's film adaptation.
An essay by Bruno Osimo exploring translation issues in regards to Nabokov's novel.
An in-depth review of the novel by Christopher Hitchens for The Atlantic Monthly.