'Love at First Sight, at Last Sight, at Ever and Ever Sight': Scrutinizing Lolita's Body

Schweighauser, Philipp. (2000) 'Love at First Sight, at Last Sight, at Ever and Ever Sight': Scrutinizing Lolita's Body. Zeitschrift für Anglistik und Amerikanistik, 48 (2). pp. 158-167.

PDF - Published Version

Official URL: http://edoc.unibas.ch/dok/A5250703

Downloads: Statistics Overview


This article examines some of the more disquieting strains in Nabokov's Lolita. It argues that the novel's field of vision is structured in a way that links Humbert's gaze with his filmic and photographic imagination. More general reflections on the nature of cinematography and photography lead to a reconsideration of Lolita's premature death as a literalization of the more sinister implications of Humbert's artistic aspirations. Humbert's modernist quest for knowledge is shown to coincide with a cinematic and photographic discourse that engulfs Lolita in a semantic web of death. It will be argued that Lyne's recent cinematic adaptation of the novel lacks precisely in its omission of these morbid undertones.
Faculties and Departments:04 Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences > Departement Sprach- und Literaturwissenschaften > Fachbereich Englische Sprach- und Literaturwissenschaft > Amerikanistik (Schweighauser)
UniBasel Contributors:Schweighauser, Philipp
Item Type:Article, refereed
Article Subtype:Research Article
Publisher:Königshausen & Neumann
Note:Publication type according to Uni Basel Research Database: Journal article
edoc DOI:
Last Modified:31 Dec 2015 10:46
Deposited On:22 Mar 2012 13:58

Repository Staff Only: item control page