AP – Lolita discussion: creating meaning and credibility

Meaning is not thought up and then written down. The act of writing is an act of thought. All writing is experimental in the beginning. It is an attempt to solve a problem, to find a meaning, to discover its own way towards a meaning. – Donald Murray 1923 – 2006 (Pulitzer Prize winner – editorial writing)


Erik Johansson, Downside of the Upside (2009)


Driving the language:

  1. Read the first two paragraphs of Nabokov’s end essay
  2. Read the Foreword by “John Ray Jr. PhD”
  3. What is the tone and rhetoric in both?
  4. Now read chapter one of Lolita. Reactions to the language?


Please read and annotate by tomorrow for our socratic seminar about Lolita. Please prepare three discussion questions for tomorrow.

The Americanization of Humbert

Unreliable Humbert

Just Asking


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