Teaching Nabokov's Lolita in the #MeToo Era

deadline for submissions: 
May 15, 2019
full name / name of organization: 
Elena Sommers/ Rochester Institute of Technology
contact email: 

Call for papers (edited volume):

Teaching Nabokov’s Lolita in the #MeToo Era

Editor: Dr. Elena Rakhimova-Sommers

 The volume seeks essays that explore the experience of teaching Lolita in the #MeToo Era.

I hope to bring together responses to Nabokov’s art that blend pedagogy and critical analysis. After teaching the novel for years, many of us have witnessed (and continue to witness) a fascinating shift in student responses to the text following the start of the #MeToo movement. Some of us rethought the methodology of presenting Lolita to students and of navigating productive class discussions. I see this volume as a space to start a conversation about the evolving nature of the intellectual (and emotional) task of bringing Lolita to our students and to share faculty insights and best practices. Please send a 350 word abstract and a brief CV to Dr. Elena Rakhimova-Sommers elena.sommers@rit.edu by May 15th, 2019. Strong publisher interest.

Check out my recent volume - Nabokov’s Women: The Silent Sisterhood of Textual Nomads , Rowman & Littlefield, 2017.