Abstract

The author argues that with the moments of subtle racism in Lolita Nabokov is demonstrating how certain racial categories are aesthetic fictions, much like Humbert Humbert's invention of the "nymphet." Although Humbert himself says he is a "salad of racial genes," as he takes Dolores Haze through post-war America, he realizes that the kitschy culture Dolores adores privileges pat aesthetic categories like "pickaninnies" and "Uncle Toms." Humbert appropriates such categorizing tendencies in order to legitimate his abusive treatment of Dolores, an appropriation that explains how the novel is a critique both of Humbert's behavior and of particularly American forms of racism.

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Additional Information

ISSN
1548-9965
Print ISSN
1080-1219
Pages
pp. 1-17
Launched on MUSE
2005-10-13
Open Access
No
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