THE LITERARY INDEX

LITERARY CRITICISM AND ANALYSIS OF NOVELS AND POETRY

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Vladimir Nabokov Literary Criticism

Lolita

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.

Invitation to a Beheading

An essay by Timothy Langen of the University of Missouri exploring possible ways of interpretating this novel, with reference to "Russell's paradox".

Pale Fire

An essay by Yannicke Chupin of the Université Paris-IV Sorbonne examining this novel in relation to the structuralist analysis Roland Barthes presents in his S/Z.

Ada

An academic article by Roy Arthur Swanson analysing this novel within the context of science fiction and assessing Nabokov's views on this genre.

The Real Life of Sebastian Knight

An academic article by Irina Marchesini which explores how Nabokov uses various narrative devices to depict himself within his first English novel.

Pnin

An essay by Jerome H. Katsell about repetition of themes and events, with reference to Kierkegaard, Deleuze, Boyd and others; includes discussion of several extracts.
An essay by Savely Senderovich, a Professor at Cornell University, and Yelena Shvarts, an independent scholar, exploring various aspects of this novel with analysis of several excerpts.
An article by novelist David Lodge from The Guardian newspaper discussing several aspects of this novel. These include possible influences for the central protagonist and this book's role as an early example of the 'campus novel'.