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Lolita ou le concept de l’adolescente fatale

Abstract : Lolita’s birth, in the collective imagery in 1955 with the publication of Nabokov novel of the same name, deeply impacted representations related to pedophilia. In modern western societies, pedophilia is criminalized and pathologised both in the desire and in the act. Crime and insanity are not obvious any more, roles change: the teenage girl now becomes a femme fatale responsible for the relationship through a deliberate provocation, changing the pedophile into a prey. Nabokov nymphette approach first gives a justification to behavourial deviance, but also a pretext for this forbidden sexual fantasy. The codes that are proposed face the classic standards and values, and spark controversy. Whether criticism be favourable or unfavourable to this fiction, Lolita becomes a lolita, the archetype of a concept in all minds: a common icon. And now, “lolita” is the common term to designate nymphettes, these young temptresses playing with their ages and bodies liminality. Despite their differing opinions, Kubrick cinematographic adaptations (1962) representing an impossible romance condemned to a tragical end, and Lyne’s one (1997) depicting a sordid and pathetic image of an unhealthy relationship, are putting both special emphasis on a lolita Lolita in Nabokov literary work, which is simultaneously protagonist and concept, is shaking up social representations relative to pedophile fantasy.
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Alexander María Leroy. Lolita ou le concept de l’adolescente fatale. RITA - Revue Interdisciplinaire de Travaux sur les Amériques, 2015, 8, 15 p. ⟨hal-02302378⟩



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