from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A seductive adolescent girl.
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- proper n. A female given name.
- n. Alternative capitalization of lolita
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- n. a sexually precocious young girl
Novala Takemoto is the person accredited to creating the term Lolita as it ascribes to the fashion in Japan.
However disturbing the subject matter, I think what separates Lolita from the hysterical reactions that were originally granted it, and why it ultimately became part of the 20th century literary canon is that it was never meant to titillate.
Boyd's reading of Lolita is impeccable, and I couldn't agree more with his essential insight that attention precedes meaning and that the implications of this for our "appreciation" of literature are profound.
Aren't there really many different stories in Lolita, most of them attached to this thread but many of them more or less self-sufficient?
Lolita is one of my favourite books and on my top ten “bucket” list of books that I want to read is Ada or Ador by Vladimir Nabokov.
And the ghastly Humbert is touchingly concerned to protect Lolita from the reality of his passion for her.
In a literal narrative sense, Lolita is a barely-pubescent girl; in a subtextual sense, she has a depth of savage resourcefulness that has nothing to do with the surface reality of the book, but much to do with the ways in which illusions of hopefulness tend to turn on the people who invest in them.
David Rochester – earlier in the essay, VN addresses whether Lolita is “Old Europe debauching young America” or “Young America debauching old Europe.”
Lolita is not an easy read, I agree, but it is intellectually stimulating enough that it should mobilize that part of my mind!
Although Nabokov may not have been the first to employ the “unreliable narrator,” Lolita is often considered the origin of this concept.