Feminism spirit reflected in Lolita

Furaida, Asni and Ishlahiyah, Mazroatul (2019) Feminism spirit reflected in Lolita. Presented at The 2nd Annual International Conference on Language, Literature, and Media in the digital era, 5-7 Nov 2019, Malang.

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Women face complex problems and challenges in their life, from domestic to outside environment. Therefore, they should possess strong characteristic traits to overcome that. Consequently, they need to have an ideal figure to build their characters or to take feminism spirits which can be gained from reading novel, learning poetry, watching movie, etc. This study explores feminism spirit reflected in Lolita’s female subjectivity for women and its positivism. It used a content analysis method since it explained how Lolita’s female subjectivity and positivism reflect feminism spirit for women. The data were Lolita’s words, utterances, replies, expressions and any hints that refer to Lolita’s spoken act from beginning until the end of the story which express her female subjectivity and positivism. Lolita was read in a close reading mode, and interpreted using post-structural feminism theory. The theory of post-structural feminism was employed because there are oppression, exploitation, marginalization, and violence done by Humbert Humbert to Lolita. The results showed that Lolita indeed had her own subjectivity although within the narration it was weak and almost unheard because of unrealiable narrator. Her strong subjectivity shown in her decisions to escape from Humbert Humbert and Quilty, then married with the man whom she chooses to move on living. Lolita’s strong subjectivity and positivism later gave feminism spirit to women that they should be independent, able to stand for themselves, able protect themselves and their own kind.

Item Type: Conference (Paper)
Keywords: Lolita; female subjectivity; positivism; feminism spirit
Subjects: 20 LANGUAGE, COMMUNICATION AND CULTURE > 2005 Literary Studies > 200508 Other Literatures in English
20 LANGUAGE, COMMUNICATION AND CULTURE > 2005 Literary Studies > 200515 Other European Literature
Divisions: Faculty of Humanities > Department of English Language and Letters
Depositing User: M.A. Asni Furaida
Date Deposited: 31 May 2021 08:00


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