Vladimir Nabokov

NABOKV-L post 0026823, Fri, 22 Jan 2016 16:34:49 +0000

Reminder: CFP "Lolita at 60" / Deadline Jan. 31, 2016

Following the conference and events organized in September 2015 to commemorate the 60th anniversary of Lolita's publication in Paris, the French Vladimir Nabokov Society invites contributors to produce papers on the topic.

It has been sixty years since Lolita first appeared in its green-clad double volume in 1955 in Paris, published by Maurice Girodias (Olympia Press). During those six decades, the nymphet that Nabokov carved out of American poshlust made her way through all the clichés of magazines and tabloids, but also through the history of literature and the history of language (one can now look up the noun "Lolita" in dictionaries). Lolita also shaped a very specific way of being a reader, mainly because of its intertextual layering which plays with the stereotypes of Romantic poetry and detective novels, and because of its very unique narrative stance and traps. This way of being a reader has in its turn influenced writers, as can be traced in the novel's numerous ripples in contemporary literature.

Yet, what could one hope to say about Lolita that has not been said in six decades of criticism, annotations and commentaries?

As Brian Boyd states in his 2008 essay "Lolita: What We Know and What We Don't", critics have probably not yet unraveled all the threads of the delicate and intricate weave of the text: "There is much, much more we need to learn about Lolita"[1], Boyd claims.

This publication in Miranda<http://miranda.revues.org/> (a peer-reviewed e-journal, following the double blind review standard) edited by the French Vladimir Nabokov Society thus offers to commemorate the sixtieth anniversary of Lolita with papers focusing on new readings or elements of research so far unknown or not yet exploited by critics. Contributors are invited to explore the following aspects, provided they deliver fresh elements and/or analyses:

- the context and history of the composition, publication and translation(s) of the book throughout the world;

- the reception of the novel throughout the years: censorship, misreadings, and (mis)appropriations of the nymphet figure in popular culture;

- resurgences and re-uses of the novel's plot, characterization, or narrative stance in contemporary literature;

- any other unstudied or under-analyzed aspect of the text (annotation and interpretation of a specific motif, or of a large-scale feature).

Paper proposals must be submitted by January 31, 2016 at the latest. Participants will be notified by February 15, 2016 whether their proposal was accepted.

Completed papers will be due at the latest on May 31, 2016, so that the double-blind peer-reviewing process can begin.

Important: please note that acceptance of a proposal does not necessarily entail its publication, since the final publication in Miranda will depend upon the peer-reviewing procedure.

500-word proposals accompanied by a short bio should be sent to (agnes.edelroy@vladimir-nabokov.org) by January 31, 2016.



[1] Brian Boyd, « Lolita: What We Know and What We Don't », Cycnos, Vol. n°1, mis en ligne le 20 mars 2008, URL : http://revel.unice.fr/cycnos/index.html?id=1079

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