This paper is an attempt to explore how Lacanian concepts of desire, unconscious, as well as alienation are reflected in the major characters of Vladimir Vladimirovich Nabokov’s Lolita.Before unleashing the new, inexplicable yet highly fascinating aspects of psychoanalysis by the advent of French poststructuralist and psychoanalyst Jacques Lacan, Freudian psychoanalysis used to play the pivotaland,accordingly,unique role in the realm of literary criticism which suffered from some drawbacks and left many questions unanswered in the psychoanalyticsphere. However, under the auspices of Lacan, almost all of these eerie ambiguities have already beenresolved.It would be a gross underestimate that expressingLacanian concepts in simple words is feasible, since Lacan stipulates that “unconscious is complex, so that the language used to express it, inevitably, should be complicated” (Écrits, 24). The present paper aims to elucidate the ulterior reasons underling the interactions of the three main characters in Nabokov’s Lolita through Lacanianmodel for the development of psyche, namely: Imaginary Order, Symbolic Order, and the Real.
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Concept of Desire, Unconscious, and Alienation in Lolita by Vladimir Nabokov. Research J. Humanities and Social Sciences 2016; 7(1): 11-18. doi: 10.5958/2321-5828.2016.00003.6