Is Nabokov more defensible as an aesthete or as a humanist in regard to Lolita by Vladimir Nabokov? The Vladimir Nabokov Society sent out a call for panel participants to address the topic:...

Is Nabokov more defensible as an aesthete or as a humanist in regard to Lolita by Vladimir Nabokov?

The Vladimir Nabokov Society sent out a call for panel participants to address the topic: "Vladimir Nabokov" Aesthete and/or Humanist."  

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Karyth Cara eNotes educator| Certified Educator

To claim Nabokov as an individual who has special aesthetic sensitivities (an "aesthete") requires a modernist or post-modernist definition of beauty and art. While such a redefining is commonplace, not all agree with such a redefinition of these terms. Therefore defending Nabokov as a humanist, whose interest is in reason and naturalism and the rejection of dogma, is an easier task that doesn't require a redefinition of terms.

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