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Aestheticism, Nabokov and Lolita

Aestheticism, Nabokov and Lolita

by David Andrews

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Drawing distinctions between aestheticism and art for art's sake, allows Andrews (English, State U. of New York-Maritime College) to differentiate more precisely between the main character of the 1955 novel and its author. He demonstrates the accuracy of the distinctions by looking at the work of Edgar Allan Poe, Oscar Wilde, and Leni Fiefenstahl as examines of aesthetes. Then he uses it to argue that the central tenet of Nabokov's aestheticism is the anti-interpretive principle, which stresses the free uniqueness of things. The text is double spaced. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

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Mellen, Edwin Press, The
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Studies in American Literature Ser.

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