The Storable Future and the Stored Past

Dominic Pettman

in Love and Other Technologies

Published by Fordham University Press

Published in print December 2006 | ISBN: 9780823226689
Published online March 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780823235407 | DOI:
The Storable Future and the Stored             Past

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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

Chapter.  11654 words. 

Subjects: Philosophy

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