Tuesday, January 13, 2015

The Los Angeles Review of Books interviewed Meenakshi Gigi Durham, professor in the University of Iowa School of Journalism and Mass Communication, as part of its four-part interview series discussing the various cultural and literary impacts of Nabokov's Lolita.

In the interview, Durham discusses her reading of Lolita, both as a child and as a adult, as well as her research in her own book The Lolita Effect

"One of my basic points in the book is that the Lolita Effect is a backlash against women’s growing public presence and power. As women continue to move into the public sphere, gaining traction in the workforce and in political life, the Lolita Effect has become insistently more prevalent in popular culture. The Lolita Effect asserts that desirability is yoked to youth, passivity, and childishness, rather than to mature adult female sexuality."