Critical Insights: Lolita

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  • 1 Volume; 300 Pages
  • 10-14 essays offering Current Critical Analysis by Top Literary Scholars
  • Introductory Essay by the Editor
  • Chronology of Author's Life
  • Complete List of Author's Works
  • Publication Dates of Works
  • Detailed Bio of the Editor
  • General Bibliography
  • General Subject Index
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Editor: Rachel Stauffer
March 2016 · 1 volume · 300 pages · 6"x9"

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In-depth critical discussions of Vladimir Nabokov's novel - Plus complimentary, unlimited online access to the full content of this great literary reference.

Vladimir Nabokov’s controversial novel tells the story of Humbert Humbert, a 37-year-old literary scholar passionately in love with his 12-year-old stepdaughter. This compilation of critical essays examines the controversy behind Lolita’s reception, Humbert Humbert’s role as an unreliable narrator, connections to Nabokov’s other works, and comparisons to the 1962 film adaptation.

As an American novel, written and published in English, the amount of scholarship in English on Lolita is much greater than that of Nabokov's other novels, most of which were written first in Russian and then later translated into English. The essays within this volume reflect the existing scholarship while also offering additional, global perspectives and approches to Lolita that are representative of both new and old trends in the study of this important and complex novel.

Each essay is 2,500 to 5,000 words in length, and all essays conclude with a list of "Works Cited," along with endnotes. Finally, the volume's appendixes offer a section of useful reference resources:

About This Volume
Critical Context: Original Introductory Essays
Critical Readings: Original In-Depth Essays
Further Readings
Detailed Bibliography
Detailed Bio of the Editor
General Subject Index