'Knowing' Lolita: Sexual Deviance and Normality in Nabokov's Lolita
Goldman, Eric. "'Knowing' Lolita: Sexual Deviance and Normality in Nabokov's Lolita". Nabokov Studies (NSt): 8. (2004), pp. 87-104.
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Abstract:Lolita exposes the volatility and relativity of the binary of 'deviant' and 'normal' sexuality prevalent in 1950s America. Like Alfred Kinsey's 'reports,' Lolita challenges assumptions about what constitutes 'normal' sexuality. Although it parodies the new science of sexology made famous by the Kinsey reports, it opposes a scientific perspective of a potentially 'normal' Lolita to Humbert's mythological framework for her - a framework that turns her into a specially depraved 'nymphet' who 'seduces' Humbert. The scientific perspective of Lolita the novel subtly makes available exposes the misogyny of Humbert's mythic perspective.
Subject Terms:American literature, 1900-1999; Nabokov, Vladimir (1899-1977); Lolita (1955); novel; treatment of sexual behavior; of women.
Russian literature, 1900-1999; Nabokov, Vladimir (1899-1977); Lolita (1955); novel; treatment of sexual behavior; of women.
Language:English
Publication Date:2004
ISSN:1080-1219
e-ISSN:1548-9965
Peer-Reviewed:Yes
MLA Update:200401
MLA Sequence:2004-1-16079; 2004-2-19795
MLA Record Number:2004831979
Source Citation   (MLA 8th Edition)
Goldman, Eric. "'Knowing' Lolita: Sexual Deviance and Normality in Nabokov's Lolita." Nabokov Studies, vol. 8, 2004, pp. 87-104. MLA International Bibliography, http%3A%2F%2Flink.galegroup.com%2Fapps%2Fdoc%2FN2811967675%2FMLA%3Fu%3Dsant38536%26sid%3DMLA%26xid%3D20fb6eb1. Accessed 14 Nov. 2018.

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