(Pod)casting a Bridge: Lolita Podcast and Its Reading Practices


  • Sonka Hinders Carl von Ossietzky University of Oldenburg




Critical Reading, Uncritical Reading, Social Reading, Podcasting, Digital Media, Postcritique, Lolita Podcast, Jamie Loftus


Taking Jamie Loftus’s Lolita Podcast“ (2020-21) as an example, this article investigates negotiations of reading in the podcast as a digital medium—a topic that has not received a lot of scholarly attention so far. Expanding on the theoretical concept of the podcast as a bridging medium, the article examines the reading practices Lolita Podcast uses and reproduces in its discussion of Vladimir Nabokov’s famous and controversial novel Lolita“ (1955). The article studies how the podcast negotiates boundaries and builds bridges between reading practices traditionally seen as separate, such as critical and uncritical reading.

Author Biography

Sonka Hinders, Carl von Ossietzky University of Oldenburg

Sonka Hinders studied English and American language and literature as well as musicology in Düsseldorf and Reading. She is currently a member of the PhD programme “Gestalten der Zukunft” at Carl von Ossietzky University of Oldenburg. Her PhD dissertation investigates how contemporary literature treats transformations of reading in digital contexts by referring to the past. Its working title is The Retrospective Future of Reading in Contemporary Literature“.




How to Cite

Hinders, Sonka. “(Pod)casting a Bridge: Lolita Podcast and Its Reading Practices”. Current Objectives of Postgraduate American Studies, vol. 23, no. 2, Apr. 2023, pp. 64-79, doi:10.5283/copas.362.