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Love and Other TechnologiesRetrofitting Eros for the Information Age$
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Dominic Pettman

Print publication date: 2006

Print ISBN-13: 9780823226689

Published to Fordham Scholarship Online: March 2011

DOI: 10.5422/fso/9780823226689.001.0001

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The Storable Future and the Stored Past

The Storable Future and the Stored Past

(p.42) Two The Storable Future and the Stored Past
Love and Other Technologies

Dominic Pettman

Fordham University Press

This chapter deliberates on Vladimir Nabokov's Lolita, expounding on Humbert and the nymphet love affair with the wonders behind time travel. One seems to journey across time or secure moments through the Bullet Time or the 360-degree camera invented during the mid-1990s. However, this is the unfulfilled desire of Humbert in his craving to preserve the love of his life. Virtual reproduction is then supported by Nietzsche's eternal return, some films created by Chris Marker and Hirokazu Koreeda, Philip Dick's The World Fones Made, and Kurt Vonnegut's Slaughterhouse Five. In other words, the author accentuates that an unordered flow of events exists and that because of this revelation, acceptance of the truth offers people enormous coping mechanisms—there is death after love, brokenness preceding totality, greed following contentment.

Keywords:   Lolita, Humbert, time travel, Bullet Time, virtual reproduction

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