America in Crisis: Lolita
14 March 2020,10:30 am - 21 March 2020,12:30 pm£105
In February, 1954, Vladimir Nabokov wrote to publisher, James Laughlin, “Would you be interested in publishing a timebomb that I have just finished putting together? It is a novel of 459 typewritten pages.” The novel was “Lolita,” the tale of a pedophile’s exploitation of a twelve-year-old girl. It took Nabokov five years to get his ‘timebomb’ published and since then it has become a totem of American literature. The subject matter is shocking but the prose is sublime. How can this add up? What’s Nabokov up to? And how does the text subvert the conventions of the modern American novel? Some of the questions up for debate.
This course runs over two consecutive Saturday mornings (10.30 am – 12.30), and costs £105 (this includes resources, refreshments in the break)