It is my pleasure to announce the following panel to be held at next year's ASEEES Convention in Washington, DC. The panel is organized by Dr. Elena Rakhimova-Sommers, editor of two books on Nabokov: Teaching Nabokov’s Lolita in the #MeToo Era (Rowman & Littlefield, forthcoming 2020) and Nabokov’s Women: The Silent Sisterhood of Textual Nomads (Rowman & Littlefield, 2017).
The Anxiety of Teaching Nabokov’s Lolita in the #MeToo Era
The #MeToo movement against sexual harassment and assault has spurred a reassessment of what constitutes appropriate professional and sexual relations, a reassessment that has also challenged how we teach our students, especially when we are exploring highly controversial works. How, for instance, do we teach Vladimir Nabokov’s inflammatory masterpiece, Lolita in the wake of #MeToo? How do we balance analysis of its brilliant language and its aesthetic complexity with due attention to its troubling content? This panel hopes to answer these questions by offering pedagogical approaches to teaching the novel that are blended with new, gender contextualized analysis of Nabokov’s art. Members of this panel are contributors to the volume, Teaching Lolita in the #MeToo Era (publication: 2021).
With best wishes to all,