Chasing Lolita: How Popular Culture Corrupted Nabokov's Little Girl All Over Again

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Chicago Review Press, 2008 - Literary Criticism - 256 pages
In the summer of 1958, a 12-year-old girl took the world by storm--"Lolita" was published in the United States--and since then, her name has been taken in vain to serve a wide range of dubious ventures, both artistic and commercial. Offering a full consideration of not only "the Lolita effect" but shifting attitudes toward the mix of sex, children, and popular entertainment from Victorian times to the present, this study explores the movies, theatrical shows, literary spin-offs, artifacts, fashion, art, photography, and tabloid excesses that have distorted Lolita's identity with an eye toward some real-life cases of young girls who became the innocent victims of someone else's obsession--unhappy sisters to one of the most affecting heroines in fiction. New insight is provided into the brief life of Lolita and into her longer afterlives as well.
 

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Contents

Casebooks and Fantasies Dolores Hazes OftTold Tale
A Very 1950s Scandal Hurricane Lolita
Lolita in Movieland 1 Little Victims and Little Princesses
Lolita in Movieland 2 Pedophilia Is a Hard Sell
On the Road Lolitas Moving Prison
Take One How Did They Ever Make a Film of Lolita?
Dramatic Arts Lolita Center Stage
The Spirit of Free Enterprise Every Foul Poster
Take Two Once More with Feeling
Blood Sisters Some Responses to Lolita
Conclusion
Bibliography
Index
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Graham Vickers is a freelance magazine writer who has covered the subjects of advertising, design, movies, and popular culture. His books include 21st-Century Hotel and Key Moments in Architecture.

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