Lolita: Nymphet? Or Larvalet?
No wish to bug Nabokovians, but a question in need of an answer.
Why did Nabokov, a lepidopterist, call Lolita a nymphet?
Lepidoptera do not have nymphs, they have larvae.
Only ancient insects, primitive insects if you will, such as the
Plecoptera (stoneflies) and the Odonata (dragonflies and damselflies) have
Should Lolita have been a larvalet instead of a nymphet?
Or was VN thinking of Lolita as a damselfly and thus a nymphet?
Please, a definitive entomological/etymological answer. Thank you,.
**************New year...new news. Be the first to know what is making
Search archive with Google:
Contact the Editors: mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org,email@example.com
Visit Zembla: http://www.libraries.psu.edu/nabokov/zembla.htm
View Nabokv-L policies: http://web.utk.edu/~sblackwe/EDNote.htm
Visit "Nabokov Online Journal:" http://www.nabokovonline.com
Manage subscription options: http://listserv.ucsb.edu/