Jump to ContentJump to Main Navigation
Stalking Nabokov$
Users without a subscription are not able to see the full content.

Brian Boyd

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780231158572

Published to Columbia Scholarship Online: November 2015

DOI: 10.7312/columbia/9780231158572.001.0001

Show Summary Details
Page of

PRINTED FROM COLUMBIA SCHOLARSHIP ONLINE (www.columbia.universitypressscholarship.com). (c) Copyright University of Minnesota Press, 2021. All Rights Reserved. An individual user may print out a PDF of a single chapter of a monograph in CUPSO for personal use.date: 22 September 2021

Lolita: Scene and Unseen

Lolita: Scene and Unseen

(p.288) 21. Lolita: Scene and Unseen
Stalking Nabokov

Brain Boyd

Columbia University Press

This chapter analyzes a subscene in Vladimir Nabokov's 1955 novel Lolita—Humbert's first meeting with Lolita—and the various treatments of that scene in his screenplay (1960, 1974), in the Stanley Kubrick film (1962), in the Stephen Schiff (and Harold Pinter) screenplay, and in the Adrian Lyne film (both 1998). The author approaches Lolita by asking his undergraduate students to dwell on the subscene in the novel, and actual and possible film versions of such a scene, in order to engage the skills they already have; to block their inclination to think the film can substitute for the book; to draw on the critical independence of mind they readily exercise once shown different ways of telling the same story; and to develop their capacity to read and imagine actively. He also invites the students to draft a screenplay scene for this first glimpse of Lolita. Finally, he explains what a comparison of the five different versions of the scene in Lolita suggests about the way we should read the novel.

Keywords:   scene, Vladimir Nabokov, novel, Lolita, screenplay, Stanley Kubrick, film, Stephen Schiff, Adrian Lyne, students

Columbia Scholarship Online requires a subscription or purchase to access the full text of books within the service. Public users can however freely search the site and view the abstracts and keywords for each book and chapter.

Please, subscribe or login to access full text content.

If you think you should have access to this title, please contact your librarian.

To troubleshoot, please check our FAQs, and if you can't find the answer there, please contact us .