This project began as a labor of love and learning. It took me two and a half years to complete. It is now available in pdf format here. To benefit from future analyses, please visit my new website, Masters in Literature.

Statement of Intent

As the subtitle of this humble project states, this is a writer's dissection of the novel Lolita by Vladimir Nabokov. That is to say, it is not the sort of analysis you would expect in an English class discussing themes and motifs, morals and meanings. To inspect the fascinating web of references and "Easter eggs" of the novel, I refer you to Alfred Appel, Jr.'s The Annotated Lolita. My analysis is written not with the average reader or literature student in mind, but the aspiring writer. My intention here is to focus purely on the artistry of the work, to take it apart and learn better how its skeleton, muscles, sinews, skin, and teeth operate as a seamless and sublime whole.

Donations for Dissection

This literary pursuit has taken hundreds of hours of work and my nonprofit day job doesn't pay much. If you have found this dissection useful or interesting, please consider buying me a cup of coffee.



My name is Stella Jones. I use my writing degree primarily as a fundraiser for a nonprofit. Dissecting Lolita is a labor of love and learning. You can reach me via email at mastersinliterature@gmail.com.

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