Approaches to Teaching Nabokov's Lolitaby Zoran Kuzmanovich, Galya Diment
Pub. Date: 01/01/2008
Publisher: Modern Language Association of America
Widely considered one of the twentieth century's great novels, Lolita maintains an established place on the syllabusin English departments, Russian and Slavic departments, and departments of comparative literature. Yet its particular mix of narrative strategies, ornate allusive prose, and troublesome subject matter complicates its presentation to/i>
Widely considered one of the twentieth century's great novels, Lolita maintains an established place on the syllabusin English departments, Russian and Slavic departments, and departments of comparative literature. Yet its particular mix of narrative strategies, ornate allusive prose, and troublesome subject matter complicates its presentation to students.
This volume aims to help instructors make Lolita accessible to students. Part 1, "Materials," opens with an extensive chronology of the author's life, outlines the novel's convoluted publication history, and identifies useful textual and audiovisual resources for teaching Lolita. In part 2, "Approaches," instructors reflect on the best ways to illuminate the novel's ethical quandries and introduce its textual intricacies. The twenty-two essays are grouped by three themes: instructors' experiences teaching Lolita in specific courses; the literary, generic, and cultural contexts of the novel, including its Russian roots, Romantic tropes and themes, and representation of 1950s American culture; and the theoretical approaches to the novel, which address ethics and aesthetics, the role of readers, and the connection between the author and the narrator.
Table of Contents
Preface to the Series xi Preface to the Volume xiii Part 1 Materials Zoran Kuzmanovich Chronology 3 Nabokov as Teacher 8 Publication History 9 Editions 12 Further Reading for Students 14 Further Reading for Teachers Biographical Materials 17 Reference Works 19 Commentary on Lolita 20 Study Guides for Students 20 Audiovisual Aids Nabokov Films 21 Lolita Films 21 Audio Materials 22 Part 2 Approaches Introduction Zoran Kuzmanovich Galya Diment 27 Teaching Lolita in Specific Courses Only Words to Play With: Teaching Lolita in Introductory Reading and Writing Courses Samuel Schuman 30 Lolita in the Senior Seminar Eric Naiman 35 Teaching Lolita in a Course on Ethics and Literature Marilyn Edelstein 43 Teaching Lolita with Lepidoptera Corinne Scheiner 49 Lolita as Cultural Archetype: Teaching a Semester-Long Course on Nabokov's Dolores Haze and Her Descendants Jason Merrill 55 Teaching Lolita in (a) Consuming Culture (a Seminar in Cultural Studies) Tania Roy John Whalen-Bridge 62 Literary, Generic, and Cultural Contexts Precursors and Causes Teaching Lolita with Dostoevsky and Poe in Mind Dale E. Peterson 71 Teaching Lolita as a Post-Romantic Text Claudia Moscovici 77 Art as Pedagogy in Lolita Ellen Pifer 83 Teaching the Russian Roots of Lolita Russian Cultural Contexts for Lolita Julian W. Connolly 89 Teaching Lolita through Pushkin's Lens Priscilla Meyer 94 From Bauer's Li to Nabokov's Lo: Lolita and Early Russian Film Galya Diment 101 Teaching Lolita from an American Perspective Lolita: Scene and Unseen Brian Boyd 108 Lolita in an American Fiction Course Michael Wood 115 Lolita: Law, Ethics, Politics Dana Dragunoiu 121 Lolita and 1950s American Culture David Clippinger128 Philosophical, Ethical, and Ideological Approaches
"Dolores Disparue": Reading Misogyny in Lolita Sarah Herbold 134 Humbert's "Gendered" Appeals to the Jury Not of His Peers Lisa Ryoko Wakamiya 141 Teaching Lolita at a Religious College Marianne Cotugno 147 Being Read by Lolita Leona Toker 152 Vivian Darkbloom: Floral Border or Moral Order? Lisa Sternlieb 158 Humor and Lolita in the Classroom Paul Benedict Grant 163 Notes on Contributors 171 Survey Participants 175 Works Cited 177 Print Resources 177 Audiovisual Materials 186 Index 187
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