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."
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.