12 episodes

Who is Lolita? The Nabokov literary classic has sparked infinite discussion in the 65 years since its release, but the cultural memory the book has left behind lives more in romance and fashion aesthetics than a cautionary tale about a deceptive predator and his young prey. Jamie Loftus wants to know how we got here, and this series traces Lolita -- the person, Dolores Haze -- from her literary origin to current status as a doomed icon.

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Who is Lolita? The Nabokov literary classic has sparked infinite discussion in the 65 years since its release, but the cultural memory the book has left behind lives more in romance and fashion aesthetics than a cautionary tale about a deceptive predator and his young prey. Jamie Loftus wants to know how we got here, and this series traces Lolita -- the person, Dolores Haze -- from her literary origin to current status as a doomed icon.

    10: Poems That Take 1000 Years to Die

    10: Poems That Take 1000 Years to Die

    On the finale of Lolita Podcast, we look at the legacy of Dolores Haze -- where she's been, and where she may be going.
    Carnal Knowledge by Zoe Ligon & Elizabeth Renstrom: https://www.penguinrandomhouse.com/books/646983/carnal-knowledge-by-zoe-ligon-elizabeth-renstrom/
    Spectrum Boutique!: https://spectrumboutique.com/
    Jess Murwin: https://jessmurwin.com/
    Eva Vives's All About Nina: https://www.netflix.com/title/81019338
    How Lolita Freed Me From My Own Humbert by Bindu Bansinath: https://www.nytimes.com/2018/02/16/style/modern-love-how-lolita-freed-me-from-my-own-humbert.html
    The Real Lolita by Sarah Weinman: https://www.harpercollins.com/products/the-real-lolita-sarah-weinman?variant=32205640040482
    Being Lolita by Alisson Wood: https://us.macmillan.com/books/9781250217219
    Lo's Diary was Bad by Ms. Lola: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TEPIg5ApzLo&t=1168s
    Let's Talk About the Japanese schoolgirl by Mina Le: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BBnlC9lrKVM
    How I Learned to Drive by Paula Vogel: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PxOp5uP_XoU
    Tampa by Alissa Nutting: https://www.amazon.com/Tampa-Novel-Alissa-Nutting/dp/0062280589
    My Dark Vanessa by KE Russell: https://www.harpercollins.com/products/my-dark-vanessa-kate-elizabeth-russell?variant=32126599266338
    Insights on Cuties: https://gal-dem.com/what-everyone-got-wrong-about-cuties-the-black-muslim-coming-of-age-netflix-film-accused-of-hypersexualisation/ 
    Nabokov Interview in Playboy: http://reprints.longform.org/playboy-interview-vladimir-nabokov
    Nabokov in The Paris Review, 1967: https://www.theparisreview.org/interviews/4310/the-art-of-fiction-no-40-vladimir-nabokov
    On Discovering A Butterfly: https://acupofpoetry.tumblr.com/post/72726722487/on-discovering-a-butterfly-by-vladimir-nabokov
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    • 2 hr 6 min
    9: The Four Lolitas

    9: The Four Lolitas

    On the next to last episode of Lolita Podcast, Jamie takes a look at the lives and careers of the four women who played Dolores Haze in the four major adaptations to date.

    Natalie Portman Women's March Speech: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tXWHO14c88c&t=84s
    Mara Wilson on Millie Bobby Brown: https://www.indiewire.com/2017/11/matilda-mara-wilson-millie-bobby-brown-stranger-things-1201897682/
    An Open Secret documentary: https://www.theguardian.com/film/2017/nov/01/an-open-secret-hollywood-child-abuse-documentary
    Q Anon's negative affect on reporting child abuse: https://www.cnn.com/2020/11/28/politics/qanon-child-welfare/index.html
    Refinery29 on the Millie Bobby Brown blowback: https://www.refinery29.com/en-us/2018/01/189107/media-sexualization-young-girls-millie-bobby-brown-backlash
    Bridgette Bardot and the Lolita Complex: https://classic.esquire.com/article/1959/8/1/brigitte-bardot-and-the-lolita-syndrome
    Sue Lyon's NYT obituary: https://www.nytimes.com/2019/12/27/movies/sue-lyon-dead.html
    Sue Lyon 1980s interview: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NOLtXhPYxoM
    The Dark Side of Lolita by Sarah Weinman: https://www.dailymail.co.uk/tvshowbiz/article-7843491/Cursed-Lolita.html
    Nona Harrison Gomez's website: http://www.nonatruthseeker.com/truth-seeker
    Yes, They Tried to Make a Broadway Musical of Lolita: https://www.vulture.com/2018/09/yes-they-tried-to-make-a-broadway-musical-out-of-lolita.html
    You're a Dum Dum by Annette Ferra: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4Ksh_DyW6Mw
    The "Baby Doll" marquee: https://www.pinterest.com/pin/412572015835952732/
    Protests around the Edward Albee Lolita: https://www.csmonitor.com/1981/0303/030320.html
    Dominique Swain in Face/Off: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8XKYc7OirQk
    Dominique Swain Interview 2001: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qT6ibVvQ_VA&t=5s
    Dominique Swain Interview 2002: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZHFpYsd9VYk
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    • 1 hr 30 min
    8: Dolores Logs In

    8: Dolores Logs In

    This week, Jamie dives down the rabbit hole of Lolita blogs and fan communities, beginning in the early 2000s and through now, and a look at the non-sexual nymphet fashion movement that Nabokov's book inspired. It's... complicated.
    Ms. Lola on Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/c/MsLola/videos
    Lolita in the Afterlife: https://www.penguinrandomhouse.com/books/612244/lolita-in-the-afterlife-by-edited-by-jenny-minton-quigley/
    Ways of Seeing, E1: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0pDE4VX_9Kk&t=3s
    The Parasocial Phenomenon (Nova): https://www.pbs.org/wgbh/nova/article/parasocial-relationships/
    Grooming: https://www.nspcc.org.uk/what-is-child-abuse/types-of-abuse/grooming/
    The Revisionist History of the Nymphet Community (corrected by someone who was actually there) by Nilijah Myeesa: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Mytlvx1TepY&t=67s
    Why Black Girlhood is Not Valued in the Coquette/Nymphet Community: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KWfHhL56g3g
    Sarah Kathryn Cleaver on Lolita Tumblr: https://showstudio.com/projects/girly/essay_lolita
    When Dolores Haze Gets a Tumblr: Online "Nymphet" Culture and the Reclaiming of Lolita by Mishka Hoosen: https://blog.pshares.org/when-dolores-haze-gets-a-tumblr-online-nymphet-culture-and-the-reclaiming-of-lolita/
    Schyler Reign on Non-Sexual Nymphet Fashion:
    Watch This Before You Get Into Nymphet Fashion: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V9n7_xVZJUo
    Criticism for Nymphet Fashion & The Community: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x1OlMdiqCfw&t=8s
    Are You a Nymphet? https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q1j0XFKXlkk&t=1002s
    The self-- harmed, visualized and reblogged: Self-iinjury ono Tumblr: https://journals.sagepub.com/doi/abs/10.1177/1461444816660783?journalCode=nmsa
    Rachel Davis's Lolita Tumblr thesis: https://scholar.utc.edu/honors-theses/94/
    Nerdymixedpan on TikTok: https://vm.tiktok.com/ZMJGPHvV5/

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    • 1 hr 22 min
    7 (Part 2): Lolita In the 90s

    7 (Part 2): Lolita In the 90s

    In Part 2 of our episode on the Lolita 1997 movie adaptation, we dig into America in the 90s -- a wave of movies full of teen girls as sexual demon, how The Long Island Lolita redefined Dolores to a new generation, and dive into the complex production and release of Adrian Lyne's Lolita.

    The Crush (1993): https://variety.com/1993/film/reviews/the-crush-2-1200432089/
    Jon Stewart interviews Alicia Silverstone: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r5Ic3nRa1J8
    Long Island Lolita News Coverage: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r5Ic3nRa1J8
    Jeremy Irons Weird Apology Conference: https://www.vanityfair.com/hollywood/2020/02/jeremy-irons-berlinale-press-conference
    The Child Pornography Protection Act of 1996: https://www.govinfo.gov/content/pkg/CHRG-105shrg44512/html/CHRG-105shrg44512.htm
    History of Child Pornography laws in the US: http://www.stobbslaw.com/blog/2014/05/a-brief-overview-of-child-pornography-laws-and-key-problems/#:~:text=In%201990%20Congress%20passed%20the,mere%E2%80%9D%20possession%20of%20child%20pornography.
    Lolita comes up in Supreme Court: https://greensboro.com/the-truth-about-lolita/article_25b3325b-b54b-555b-b794-b5f16a8dbced.html
    1999 MTV Movie Awards: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3VaPXMC6jYc

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    • 1 hr 19 min
    7 (Part 1): That Time David Mamet Wrote a Draft of Lolita (And Other Hollywood Tragedies)

    7 (Part 1): That Time David Mamet Wrote a Draft of Lolita (And Other Hollywood Tragedies)

    It's high time we talk about the 1997 movie adaptation of Lolita by Adrian Lyne. Between Stanley Kubrick's adaptation in 1962 and Dominique Swain playing Lolita in the '90s. In part one of this two-parter, we take a look at knock-off Lolita productions, how the conversation around child sex abuse changes in Hollywood and America in the 80s and 90s, and how Stranger Danger misses the mark going into the '90s.

    Adrian Lyne talking Lolita in '98: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ACi2JdJBM44&t=1s
    Lolita Comes Again (Esquire '98): https://classic.esquire.com/article/1997/2/1/lolita-comes-again
    Natalie Portman talks Lolita: https://www.themarysue.com/natalie-portman-talks-about-lolita-label/
    That Roman Polanski Petition: https://www.indiewire.com/2009/09/over-100-in-film-community-sign-polanski-petition-55821/
    Lolita Behind the Scenes Featurette '97: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VYJFRnaYyMQ&t=2s
    Lolita Screen Test: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X4hAOuXWxyc
    Twinky (1970): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OG9-C3EW6zo
    Jodie Foster and Taxi Driver: https://www.wmagazine.com/story/forty-years-after-taxi-driver-and-her-first-oscar-nomination-jodie-foster-recalls-the-making-of-a-classic/
    Polly Platt: The Invisible Woman (YMRT): http://www.youmustrememberthispodcast.com/episodes/2020/7/pollyplattarchive28
    Brooke Shields reflects on Pretty Baby: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aTSSBJ6xyi4
    Samantha Geimer on 60 Minutes: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H5dIdoaDgN8&feature=youtu.be
    Milk Carton Kids: https://www.theatlantic.com/technology/archive/2017/02/when-bad-news-was-printed-on-milk-cartons/516675/
    Stranger Danger & Mass Incarceration: https://www.jacobinmag.com/2020/05/stranger-danger-mass-incarceration-paul-renfro
    RAINN Statistics: https://www.rainn.org/statistics/children-and-teens
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    • 1 hr 7 min
    6: Lolita the Cover Girl, Lolita the Pop Star

    6: Lolita the Cover Girl, Lolita the Pop Star

    How long have we been judging Lolita by its cover? To be fair, they're not much help. This week, Jamie guides you through a crash course on Lolita/nymphet aesthetics -- when we say 'Lolita,' what are we really talking about? We take a look at the visual legacy of Lolita's book covers, persistence in advertising and how misreads of the text have been haunting pop music for generations.
    Join our Discord: https://t.co/swAI8a6axO?amp=1 
    Playlist of Music Discussed in today's episode: https://open.spotify.com/playlist/5wRWB0GKjMapop7HLeWA4Z?si=ax1y7kR4TMyuy7WR-D17HQ
    Ms. Lola's "we need to talk about Lolita": https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GPANXxV1iFo&t=2975s
    Dakota Fanning in the 'Oh Lola!'
    Lolita Lempicka with Elle Fanning, 2012: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hNmE9bCz-Cw
    Love's Baby Soft: https://piimages.parfumo.de/9/6/10980_594cdc64d8d8c6e819dc7043c8dab1f6_love_s_baby_soft.jpg
    Bradley Cooper and Suki Waterhouse Daily Mail story: www.dailymail.co.uk/tvshowbiz/article-2403281/Bradley-Cooper-38-reads-Lolita-Suki-Waterhouse-21-sprawls-Parisian-park.html
    Lolicon: https://scholarsbank.uoregon.edu/xmlui/handle/1794/25434
    Nerdymixedpan TikTok about Lolita, Lolicon and Lolita fashion: https://vm.tiktok.com/ZMJGPHvV5/
    Lolita: Story of a Cover Girl: https://www.simonandschuster.com/books/Lolita-The-Story-of-a-Cover-Girl/John-Bertram/9781440329883
    Moi, Lolita music video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QpbHdIrtpNo
    "Men Explain Fiona Apple to Me": https://www.nylon.com/fiona-apple
    Rolling Stone: Britney Spears 1999 profile: https://www.rollingstone.com/music/music-news/britney-spears-teen-queen-rolling-stones-1999-cover-story-254871/
    Rolling Stone Reflecting on this profile, 2011: https://oneweekoneband.tumblr.com/post/70792509009/spears-and-lachapelle-both-say-they-knew-the-photo
    Dave LaChapelle's celebrity photography: https://www.artsy.net/artwork/david-lachapelle-paris-hilton-grandma-hiltons-house
    "Surviving R. Kelly" Full Series: https://www.netflix.com/title/81069393
     "Why Has R. Kelly Been in Jail for the Past Year?" 8/2020: https://www.billboard.com/articles/business/legal-and-management/9430230/r-kelly-why-in-jail-for-year#:~:text=The%20singer%20was%20re%2Darrested,that%20included%20kidnapping%2C%20forced%20labor%2C
    R. Kelly: The History of Allegations Against Him 8/2020: https://www.bbc.com/news/entertainment-arts-40635526
    Surviving R. Kelly': Threats and New Abuse Details: https://www.nytimes.com/2020/01/02/arts/television/surviving-r-kelly-2.html
    R. Kelly Girlfriend Joycelyn Savage Speaks Out, Saying She is a 'Victim': https://variety.com/2019/music/news/r-kelly-joycelyn-savage-speaks-out-victim-1203414308/
    The True Story of R. Kelly and Aaliyah's Relationship: https://www.biography.com/news/aaliyah-r-kelly-relationship-true-story
    R. Kelly Paid Bribe So That He Could marry 15-Year-Old Aaliyah, Government Alleges: https://www.npr.org/2019/12/05/785356513/r-kelly-bribed-official-to-marry-15-year-old-aaliyah-government-alleges
    Why Lana Del Rey Is Under Fire for Her Most Recent Comments About Women in Music: https://www.harpersbazaar.com/culture/art-books-music/a32627332/lana-del-rey-number-one-controversy/
    Lana Del Rey's White Fragility Contextualized Within the United States' Anti-Blackness: https://thecovenmag.com/lol/lana
    Lana, don't use Black women to make your point.: https://medium.com/@jiananicole/lana-dont-use-black-women-to-prove-your-point-1590db61f52a
    Lana Del Rey Has Lana Del LOST IT: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DEDAjw9Ljrw
    Lana Del Rey / Die Zeit Interview: https://unlovedmarmot.tumblr.com/post/104174687405/lana-del-rey-i-dont-play-the-role-of-a-lolita/amp
    Lana Del Rey The Fader Interview 2014: https://www.thefader.com/2014/06/04/cover-story-lana-del-rey-is-anyone-she-wants-to-behttps://www.thefader.com/2014/06/04/cover-story-lana-del-rey-is-anyone-she-wants-to-be
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    • 1 hr 21 min

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piffleworm8 ,

Great listen if you care about literature, gender studies, rape culture.

Insightful, thorough, interesting. Host is smart and entertaining. Wish my book group had had this when we discussed Lolita. Or just had the host over for a glass of wine.

Niblet Squee ,

Lolita revisited

This podcast truly changed how I think about Lolita and more importantly, Dolores Haze. Jamie does an excellent job tracing how the cultural concept of Lolita has strayed so far from the book and continues to be used to harm victims/survivors of childhood sexual abuse. While the material about abuse is challenging to listen to, this podcast centers survivors and provides a nuanced view of the book, the author, and the cultural interpretation that would rather blame victims than grapple the prevalence of childhood sexual abuse. Highly recommend!

bsc321 ,


Excellent podcast. Can’t wait for Jamie’s next project.

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