EDNOTE. Zoran Kuzmanovich, Editor of the Nabokov Society's annual journal NABOKOV STUDIES, calls for papers for a special issue honoring the 50th anniversary of the publication of LOLITA. Please address all questions and subscription requests to


Call for Papers: Lolita at 50

In light of Dr. Maar’s linking of Lolita with Eschwege’s story and the 50th anniversary of Lolita’s publication, the time seems ripe to invite all those interested in Dolorology to contribute full length essays on Lolita to a special topic issue for Volume 9 of Nabokov Studies: Lolita at 50. Although it took Lolita four years to become an international best seller, it was in fact published in 1955 and thus will hit the half-century mark next year. The current editorial staff suggests that we celebrate that anniversary with fully thought out reconsiderations of old and still nagging questions or completely new approaches to the reading of Nabokov’s most famous work. These essays certainly should not be warmed over and expanded version of discussions already carried out on NABOKV-L. Nor should they be manifestoes of one’s reading habits to which Lolita serves merely as a source of infrequent examples. While we certainly do not wish to issue a fiat against articles that treat Lolita’s sources, we would very much like contributors of such articles to be familiar with The Annotated Lolita and remember that such articles work best when they illuminate some dim corner or touch upon some previously explored pressure point of Lolita.