The Migration of Lolita From High-Brow Literature to Pop Music: An Overview


Considered nowadays to be one of the best novels of the 20th Century, Lolita has become firmly established in the literary canon. Futhermore, its main character has become an icon in mass culture. However, by making her a teenage temptress with an out-of-control sexuality, mass culture has distorted the point of the novel. Film versions have contributed to this misrepresentation. In this paper the presence of the archetype of Lolita in pop music produced worldwide is surveyed. The depiction of the characters of the young girl and the male adult in song lyrics is considered, together with the aesthetic strategies used by creators to integrate allusions to Lolita into the music videos. Finally, we explore the phenomenon of teenage singers incorporating this aesthetic into their public persona. By doing so, the diverse ways in which the character’s influence extends into the realm of pop music will be revealed.

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Mónica María Martínez Sariego, University of Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, Spain

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Conference: IICAH2024
Stream: Literature/Literary Studies

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Sariego M. (2024) The Migration of Lolita From High-Brow Literature to Pop Music: An Overview ISSN: 2432-4604 – The IAFOR International Conference on Arts & Humanities – Hawaii 2024 Official Conference Proceedings
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