The Legacy of <i>Lolita</i>
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Level: Undergraduate
Division: The New School for Public Engagement
School: Bachelor's Program for Adults and Transfer Students
Department: Humanities
Course Number: NLIT 3447
Course Format: Seminar
Location: NYC campus
Permission Required: No
Topics:
  • Literature
  • Fiction
Description:
This mini-course is devoted to one of the most famous, influential, and controversial American novels of the twentieth century, Vladimir Nabokov's Lolita. In addition to a close reading of the novel, we will also read about and discuss the following issues: the novel's place in Nabokov's oeuvre as well as in contemporary American literature; literary censorship and the notion of the obscene in literature; the rise of post-modern fiction. Finally, we will screen and discuss adaptations of the novel for the cinema by Stanley Kubrick and Adrian Lyne.
Course Open to: Degree Students