Vladimir Nabokov

NABOKV-L post 0024750, Mon, 4 Nov 2013 14:44:49 +0000

Re: Postscript re: Humbert's Innocence?
Yes, I agree with Beth's excellent analogy. On indeterminacy in LOLITA see also “Lolita and the Genre of the Literary Double: Does Quilty Exist?” Lolita, ed. Erik Martiny (Paris: Armand,Colin, 2009), 73-83.

On Nov 4, 2013, at 8:13 AM, NABOKV-L, English wrote:

P.S. Re: Carolyn's Carrolllian analogy, in my essay, "Executing Sentences in Lolita and the Law," <http://www.libraries.psu.edu/nabokov/sweeney1.htm> I also argue that the trial in Wonderland is the model for the ending of Lolita--an unresolved criminal investigation or legal trial that transgresses boundaries between narrative levels, leaving the reader as ultimate arbiter--as well as for the ending of other novels, such as Despair and Bend Sinister.

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