Approaches to Teaching Nabokov's Lolita

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Widely considered one of the twentieth century's great novels, Lolita maintains an established place on the syllabus--in 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.

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Table of Contents

Pt. 1 Materials Zoran Kuzrnanovich Kuzrnanovich, Zoran

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

Pt. 2 Approaches

Introduction Zoran Kuzmanovich Kuzmanovich, Zoran Galya Diment Diment, Galya 27

Teaching Lolita in Specific Courses

Only Words to Play With: Teaching Lolita in Introductory Reading and Writing Courses Samuel Schuman Schuman, Samuel 30

Lolita in the Senior Seminar Eric Naiman Naiman, Eric 35

Teaching Lolita in a Course on Ethics and Literature Marilyn Edelstein Edelstein, Marilyn 43

Teaching Lolita with Lepidoptera Corinne Scheiner Scheiner, Corinne 49

Lolita as Cultural Archetype: Teaching a Semester-Long Course on Nabokovs Dolores Haze and Her Descendants Jason Merrill Merrill, Jason 55

Teaching Lolita in (a) Consuming Culture (a Seminar in Cultural Studies) Tania Roy Roy, Tania John Whalen-Bridge Whalen-Bridge, John 62

Literary, Generic, and Cultural Contexts Precursors and Causes

Teaching Lolita with Dostoevsky and Poe in Mind Dale E. Peterson Peterson, Dale E. 71

Teaching Lolita as a Post-Romantic Text Claudia Moscovici Moscovici, Claudia 77

Art as Pedagogy in Lolita Ellen Pifer Pifer, Ellen 83

Teaching the Russian Roots of Lolita

Russian Cultural Contexts for Lolita Julian W. Connolly Connolly, Julian W. 89

Teaching Lolita through Pushkins Lens Priscilla Meyer Meyer, Priscilla 94

From Bauer's Li to Nabokovs Lo: Lolita and Early Russian Film GalyaDiment Diment, Galya 101

Teaching Lolita from an American Perspective

Lolita: Scene and Unseen Brian Boyd Boyd, Brian 108

Lolita in an American Fiction Course Michael Wood Wood, Michael 115

Lolita: Law, Ethics, Politics Dana Dragunoiu Dragunoiu, Dana 121

Lolita and 1950s American Culture David Clippinger Clippinger, David 128

Philosophical, Ethical, and Ideological Approaches

"Dolores Disparue": Reading Misogyny in Lolita Sarah Herbold Herbold, Sarah 134

Humbert's "Gendered" Appeals to the Jury Not of His Peers Lisa Ryoko Wakamiya Wakamiya, Lisa Ryoko 141

Teaching Lolita at a Religious College Marianne Cotugno Cotugno, Marianne 147

Being Read by Lolita Leona Taker Taker, Leona 152

Vivian Darkbloom: Floral Border or Moral Order? Lisa Sternlieb Sternlieb, Lisa 158

Humor and Lolita in the Classroom Paul Benedict Grant Grant, Paul Benedict 163

Notes on Contributors 171

Survey Participants 175

Works Cited 177

Print Resources 177

Audiovisual Material 186

Index 187

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