Lolita and its World
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Division: Eugene Lang College The New School for Liberal Arts
Department: Literary Studies
Course Number: LLST 3513
Course Format: Seminar
Location: NYC campus
Permission Required: Yes
Nabokov’s masterpiece, controversial in its time, remains a charismatic book, imitated, read, and discussed more than any American novel from the 1950s. Surely the book is a stylistic marvel, and, just as surely, its subject matter elicits revulsion and fascination. These reactions are complicated by the novel’s elusiveness and allusiveness, making Lolita something more than a novel: the center of its own twisted world. In this course, students immerse themselves in this world, embracing Nabokov’s literary alliances; indulging his fascination with chess and butterflies; exploring the book as a cultural phenomenon and the inception of a new genre. Most of all, students scrupulously contemplate the fate of Humbert, his unfortunate wife and ward, and his devious double.
Open to Undergraduate students.