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Title:Tanizaki’s Naomi, Nabokov’s Lolita, and Naomi’s Lolita: exoticism of a new era
Author(s):Jiang, Lingjun
Subject(s):Lolita
Vladimir Nabokov
Tanizaki Jun’ichiro
Naomi
A Fool’s Love
Taisho Modernism
Popular Culture
Subculture
Fashion
Girlhood
The Male Gaze
Exoticism
Identity
Abstract:Exoticism is a recurring motif in Japanese novelist Tanizaki Jun’ichiro’s Naomi or Chijin no ai A Fool’s Love (1924), in Russian American writer Vladimir Nabokov’s Lolita (1955), as well as in the Lolita subculture fashion today. The concept of Exoticism in this article refers to an act of seeking an ideal and otherized figure that is missing in the perceiver’s reality. However, such an act is expressed in different forms in these three worlds, revealing their socio-historical contexts and gender relations. The Exoticism presented in Naomi and Lolita is manipulated through the male gaze and the protagonists’ fascination with their otherized and objectified female partners. Meanwhile, the self-performative Exoticism in the Lolita fashion today is an act of resistance against the male gaze, demonstrating autonomous female agency with a wish to escape reality and remain in a romanticized, imagined childhood. The topics examined in this article are limited to 20th-century literatures and to contemporary subculture fashion. From a comparative analysis perspective, it is suggested that there is progress in gender and identity awareness today in the field of humanities.
Issue Date:2018-05-03
Publisher:University Library
Genre:Article
Type:Text
Language:English
URI:http://hdl.handle.net/2142/103731
Rights Information:Copyright 2018 Lingjun Jiang
Date Available in IDEALS:2019-05-06


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