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Slap, J.W. (1969). American Imago. XXIV, 1967: Nabokov's Lolita: A 'Freudian' Cryptic Crossword. L. R. Hiatt. Pp. 360-370.. Psychoanal Q., 38:166.
Psychoanalytic Electronic Publishing: American Imago. XXIV, 1967: Nabokov's Lolita: A 'Freudian' Cryptic Crossword. L. R. Hiatt. Pp. 360-370.

(1969). Psychoanalytic Quarterly, 38:166

American Imago. XXIV, 1967: Nabokov's Lolita: A 'Freudian' Cryptic Crossword. L. R. Hiatt. Pp. 360-370.

Joseph William Slap

Nabokov has indicated in numerous places a belief that psychoanalytic theory is mistaken and distasteful. In Lolita, Humbert finds 'an endless source of robust enjoyment in trifling with psychiatrists: cunningly leading them on; never letting them see that you know all the tricks of the trade; inventing for them elaborate dreams … and never allowing them the slightest glimpse of one's real sexual predicament'. Hiatt believes Nabokov, who also invents chess problems, deliberately constructed the novel as a puzzle in which Humbert's Oedipus complex is hidden from the 'Viennese delegation'. If so, Nabokov failed, for Hiatt is able to explicate Humbert's dynamics.

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Slap, J.W. (1969). American Imago. XXIV, 1967. Psychoanal. Q., 38:166

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