NABOKV-L post 0018649, Fri, 9 Oct 2009 17:27:33 -0400

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Jansy, please explain your comment about Gone with the Wind: what makes you think he specifically was parodying that book in "Lolita" ?

Your comment: "Nabokov's playing with one of the structuring principles of so many melodramatic works: the principal of oppositional characters: good girl/ bad girl; Kitty and Anna Karenina; Becky Sharp and Amelia Sedly from Vanity Fair; Scarlett O'hara and Melanie Wilkes in Margaret Mitchell's Gone With Wind, the movie of which Nabokov parodied in Lolita. "

Thanks, Fran Assa

[EDNOTE. Although I don't have a copy of LOLITA handy--I am at a bicentennial Poe conference, which is why the N-L post was delayed yesterday--surely Jansy is referring to the description of Southern plantations in Technicolor, "with the devoted Negress shaking her head on the upper landing" (as I remember it) that appears in Humbert's account of the American sights that he and Dolores see. -- SES.]


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