“I get sort of carried away, being so normal and everything”: the oscillating sexuality of Clare Quilty and Humbert Humbert in the works of Nabokov, Kubrick and Lyne

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dc.contributor.author Richards, Emerson
dc.date.accessioned 2018-04-10T10:17:37Z
dc.date.available 2018-04-10T10:17:37Z
dc.date.issued 2012
dc.identifier.citation Richards, E. S. F. (2012) '“I get sort of carried away, being so normal and everything”: the oscillating sexuality of Clare Quilty and Humbert Humbert in the works of Nabokov, Kubrick and Lyne', Alphaville: Journal of Film and Screen Media, 4. en
dc.identifier.issued 4
dc.identifier.startpage 1
dc.identifier.endpage 13
dc.identifier.issn 2009-4078
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10468/5755
dc.description.abstract This paper compares and analyses the differences between Lolita by Vladimir Nabokov (1955) and filmic versions by Stanley Kubrick (1962) and Adrian Lyne (1994), focusing on the respective characterisations of Clare Quilty, as mediated through his encounter with Humbert Humbert at a pivotal scene at the Enchanted Hunter’s Lodge. Following an in-depth analysis of the scene in question, the article then examines Kubrick’s Lolita, exploring the homosocial undertones of Peter Sellers’s Quilty, and the attendant commentary on heteronormative culture of late 1950s/early 1960s America. Finally, Lyne’s interpretation of this encounter will be analysed to discern how a menacing Quilty alters the narrative and deviates from the previous representations, updating the social commentary to incorporate a distinctly 1990s milieu in the process. Treating the two films as iterations and/or mutations of the original literature, the article proposes a comparatist-driven analysis to discern each artist’s intentions toward the narrative as exemplified by this crucial meeting of minds. en
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dc.publisher Film and Screen Media, University College Cork en
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dc.rights © 2012, The Author(s). This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives 4.0 International License. en
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dc.subject Lolita en
dc.subject Film adaptation en
dc.subject Socially acceptable narrative en
dc.subject Original novel en
dc.subject Sexuality en
dc.title “I get sort of carried away, being so normal and everything”: the oscillating sexuality of Clare Quilty and Humbert Humbert in the works of Nabokov, Kubrick and Lyne en
dc.type Article (peer-reviewed) en
dc.internal.authorcontactother Emerson Storm Fillman Richards, University of Florida en
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dc.description.status Peer reviewed en
dc.identifier.journaltitle Alphaville: Journal of Film and Screen Media en
dc.identifier.journalabbrev Alphaville


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