Change search
ReferencesLink to record
Permanent link

Direct link
Vladimir Nabokov’s Lolita: Text, paratext, and translation
Umeå University, Faculty of Arts, Department of language studies.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-4393-2639
2016 (English)In: Translation and Interpreting Studies, ISSN 1932-2798, E-ISSN 1876-2700, Vol. 11, no 1, 81-99 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

This article addresses the relationship between text and paratext in the publication history of Vladimir Nabokov’s novel Lolita. Such paratexts include Nabokov’s own afterword to the 1958 American edition and his postscript (published in 1967) to his own translation of Lolita into Russian, as well as various introductions and afterwords, both in English-language editions and in translations of Lolita into Russian and other languages. A particularly interesting type of paratext is constituted by annotations to the main text, and the analysis focuses on parallel examples published in annotated editions of Lolita in English, Russian, Polish, German, Ukrainian, and French. The analysis shows that the most detailed annotations concerning the totality of the English and Russian Lolita text and paratexts can be found in editions published in languages other than English and Russian, whereas most English or Russian editions seem to focus on the respective language version. There is still no complete, annotated edition of the bilingual text containing all the authorial paratexts.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
John Benjamins Publishing Company, 2016. Vol. 11, no 1, 81-99 p.
Keyword [en]
Vladimir Nabokov, Lolita, paratext, annotations, Russian, English
National Category
General Literature Studies
Research subject
URN: urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-118744DOI: 10.1075/tis.11.1.05ambOAI: diva2:916059
Available from: 2016-03-31 Created: 2016-03-31 Last updated: 2016-05-12Bibliographically approved

Open Access in DiVA

fulltext(320 kB)160 downloads
File information
File name FULLTEXT04.pdfFile size 320 kBChecksum SHA-512
Type fulltextMimetype application/pdf

Other links

Publisher's full text

Search in DiVA

By author/editor
Ambrosiani, Per
By organisation
Department of language studies
In the same journal
Translation and Interpreting Studies
General Literature Studies

Search outside of DiVA

GoogleGoogle Scholar
Total: 162 downloads
The number of downloads is the sum of all downloads of full texts. It may include eg previous versions that are now no longer available

Altmetric score

Total: 768 hits
ReferencesLink to record
Permanent link

Direct link