The Legacy of Lolita: A Literary Genre of Pedophilia?

Stermieri, Valentina (2022) The Legacy of Lolita: A Literary Genre of Pedophilia? [Laurea magistrale], Università di Bologna, Corso di Studio in Specialized translation [LM-DM270] - Forli', Documento full-text non disponibile
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This thesis analyzes four works of fiction that portray a pedophilic relationship in order to establish whether we can identify what might be called a genre of pedophilia in literature. In the last decade, books about the topic have been published with great success, so it would seem that there is a need to classify and define the genre of pedophilia. To answer the question I started with the novel Lolita (1955), by Vladimir Nabokov, which is the most famous work of literary fiction on the topic of pedophilia. In my analysis of this text, I tried to show how this novel has laid the ground plan, as it were, for the genre. I then analyzed three contemporary novels: All the Ugly and Wonderful Things (2016) by Bryn Greenwood, My Absolute Darling (2017) by Gabriel Tallent and My Dark Vanessa (2020) by Kate Elizabeth Russell, and compared them with Lolita to find the essential elements that constitute the genre of pedophilia. The analysis showed that there were many elements, mostly themes, which the contemporary novels had in common with Lolita, which helped classify the genre of pedophilia as both transgressive and romantic fiction. But while the three contemporary novels share many aspects with Lolita, they also bring into play themes such as female desire, and a resistance to seeing the female as only victim, with little agency. While the most important aspect is that the work of fiction must show the evolution, from the beginning to the end, of a sentimental relationship and sexual acts between an adult and a child, the contemporary novels of this genre take this basic trait – particularly All the Ugly and Wonderful Things -- in surprisingly transgressive directions of their own.

Tipologia del documento
Tesi di laurea (Laurea magistrale)
Autore della tesi
Stermieri, Valentina
Relatore della tesi
Correlatore della tesi
Corso di studio
Ordinamento Cds
Parole chiave
Lolita,Vladimir Nabokov,Pedophilia,Genre,Bryn Greenwood,Gabriel Tallent,Kate Elizabeth Russell
Data di discussione della Tesi
26 Maggio 2022

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