Vladimir Nabokov

NABOKV-L post 0004527, Sat, 30 Oct 1999 10:01:50 -0700

Re: Humbert and Foucalt Philosphy
On Sat, 30 Oct 1999, Matt Smith wrote:

> A friend recently pointed me in the direction of Foucalt Philosophy on
> social order etc. In which he states that all sexual perversions are
> associated with mental disorder because our society creates such a
> world. My question is, did Humbert/Nabokov reference this within
> Lolita? It sounded like something Humbert would love such a philosopher
> -Matt Smith
The issue of "perversion" and "madness" as socially defined (if
not created) has been raised by readers of LOLITA. I doubt that VN had
this in mind and, even more, that he was a fan of Foucault -- unless
perhaps it was the one with the Pendulum.