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Chasing Lolita: How Popular Culture…

Chasing Lolita: How Popular Culture Corrupted Nabokov's Little Girl All…

by Graham Vickers

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It wasn’t bad, really, just not great. For starters, it just trudged on. I’ve been trying to read this book off and on since the end of March, a few pages at a time. I finally finished it last night after putting in a serious chunk of forced reading time as part of the 48 Hour Book Challenge. The pace was just really slow and the reading was really heavy and unnecessarily complex at times. Vickers covered an awful lot of information in a very short book, including details that related to a multitude of people who weren’t always mentioned more than once. Sometimes the things he talked about were really interesting and relevant, but there were other times where things seemed sort of tacked on or really peripherally related.
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In the summer of 1958, a 12-year-old girl took the world by storm—Lolita was published in the United States—and since then, her name has been taken in vain to serve a wide range of dubious ventures, both artistic and commercial. Offering a full consideration of not only “the Lolita effect but shifting attitudes toward the mix of sex, children, and popular entertainment from Victorian times to the present, this study explores the movies, theatrical shows, literary spin-offs, artifacts, fashion, art, photography, and tabloid excesses that have distorted Lolita's identity with an eye toward some real-life cases of young girls who became the innocent victims of someone else's obsession—unhappy sisters to one of the most affecting heroines in fiction. New insight is provided into the brief life of Lolita and into her longer afterlives as well.… (more)

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