In a message dated 21/03/2012 01:12:13 GMT Standard Time, jansy@AETERN.US writes:
Anthony Stadlen: "...That at least one level of Nabokov's book should be making fun of Freud by treating sexual abuse of a young girl as a disguised symbol of enchanted butterfly-hunting, rather than the reverse, struck me as immediately plausible [  ]Diana Butler saw Humbert's guilt -- in so far as he felt it -- at having destroyed Lolita's childhood as symbolising Nabokov's guilt at taking the life of his 'little butterfly'."
JM: I couldn't get your point
I'm not sure what you couldn't get. Perhaps my "rather than the reverse" is ambiguous?
"My" point -- or rather, Diana Butler's -- was her hypothesis that Nabokov simply reverses "Freudian" symbolism.
Butler's "Nabokov"'s "Freud" would presumably interpret a manifest narrative "man hunts, catches, and impales butterfly" as a way of concealing and revealing the latent narrative "man hunts, seduces, and rapes girl".
Butler's "Nabokov" allegedly invites us to interpret his manifest narrative "man hunts, seduces, and rapes girl" as a way of concealing and revealing the latent narrative "man hunts, catches, and impales butterfly".
Anthony Stadlen  
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