The literary Lolita, that is. Today the New School announced a full day of panels and discussions, concluding with a screening of Stanley Kubrick’s Lolita, to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the publication of Nabokov’s masterpiece.
Ellen Pifer, author of Vladamir Nabokov’s Lolita: A Casebook, will kick things off with a “Lolita’s Wild Ride” talk to discuss the author’s inspiration for the story. Other name-y Nabokov writers and journalists will chat up “Lolita in American Literature” and “Lolita in World Literature” in two seperate panels. Former Observer writer and current Slate columnist Ron Rosenbaum will participate in a panel about “Lolita, Laura and the Burning of Books” in the afternoon (just after the 3:30 tea time break).
“Visualizing Lolita,” an exhibition of works representing Parsons students’ responses to the characters and themes of Nabokov’s novel, will be held in the Illustration department too.
That’s a whole lot of Lolita! And there’s MORE here.
Linda Dunne, dean of the New School for General Studies, said in a press statement: “It’s so fitting that The New School, with its long and distinguished history of embracing scholars and thinkers from around the world, should host this event. The participation of a wide range of disciplines from across the university reflects the enormous impact that Lolita has had on our cultural life.”
It all goes down late September.