Statement of Intent

As the subtitle of this humble blog suggests, this is a writer's dissection of the text of the novel Lolita by Vladimir Nabokov. That is to say, it is not the sort of trite analysis you would expect in an "English" class discussing themes and motifs, morals and meanings. For all that and more, I refer you to Alfred Appel, Jr.'s wonderful The Annotated Lolita.

I began carbon copying (typing out word-for-word) Lolita around six months ago as a personal writing exercise. More than the substance of the novel, I wanted to understand its style, its architecture, from my favorite phrases to the arrangement of chapters to the construction of the whole. It occurred to me that I surely was not the only aspiring writer interested in this, so I decided to make my personal project public. I hope it is of some use to my amateur literary peers.

I have a BFA in Writing, but I only graduated a couple of years ago, so I don't quite consider myself a "writer" yet. My dissection of Lolita is purely my own attempt to comprehend the sublime anatomy of a masterpiece.