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Lolita's Nietzchean morality

Rodgers, M. (2011) Lolita's Nietzchean morality. Philosophy and Literature, 35 (1). pp. 104-120. ISSN 0190-0013

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Abstract

This essay wakes the sleeping dog that is Vladimir Nabokov's Lolita. Rejecting the critical consensus suggesting that it has the ability to educate morally its readers, this essay, instead, heralds the idea that Lolita is a critique of morality. Focusing on the text's similarities with Friedrich Nietzsche's philosophy, I aim to negate the various interpretations that argue that Nabokov's cause célèbre houses a traditionally virtuous morality. By examining Nabokov's literary technique and illustrating how this, at a meta-level, echoes Nietzsche's philosophy of a "transvaluation of all values," I argue that Lolita forces readers to inhabit a disorientating Nietzschean world

Item type: Article
ID code: 40548
Keywords: olita's , nietzchean morality, nietzchean , morality, lolita, vladimir nabokov , critique, virtuous morality, nietzschean world, English, Philosophy, Literature and Literary Theory
Subjects: Language and Literature > English
Department: Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences (HaSS) > School of Humanities > English
Depositing user: Pure Administrator
Date Deposited: 25 Jul 2012 13:01
Last modified: 21 May 2015 14:47
URI: http://strathprints.strath.ac.uk/id/eprint/40548

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