Vladimir Nabokov s Lolita

Vladimir Nabokov s Lolita
Author: Ellen Pifer
Publsiher: Oxford University Press
Total Pages: 209
Release: 2002-11-21
Genre: Literary Criticism
ISBN: 019972699X

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Midway through the last century, Lolita burst on the literary scene--a Russian exile's extraordinary gift to American letters and the New World. The scandal provoked by the novel's subject--the sexual passion of a middle-aged European for a twelve-year-old American girl--was quickly upstaged by the critical attention it received from readers, scholars, and critics around the world. This casebook gathers together an interview with Nabokov as well as nine critical essays about Lolita. The essays follow a progression focusing first on textual and thematic features and then proceeding to broader topics and cultural implications, including the novel's relations to other works of literature and art and the movies adapted from it.

Vladimir Nabokov s Lectures on Literature

Vladimir Nabokov   s Lectures on Literature
Author: Ben Dhooge
Publsiher: BRILL
Total Pages: 236
Release: 2017-12-18
Genre: Literary Criticism
ISBN: 9004352872

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These essays focus on Nabokov's lectures on European and Russian literature at American universities, and shed new light on the relationship of his views on aesthetics to the development of his own oeuvre.

The Garland Companion to Vladimir Nabokov

The Garland Companion to Vladimir Nabokov
Author: Vladimir E. Alexandrov
Publsiher: Routledge
Total Pages: 978
Release: 2014-05-22
Genre: Literary Criticism
ISBN: 1136601562

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First published in 1995. This companion constitutes a virtual encyclopaedia of Nabokov, and occupies a unique niche in scholarship about him. Articles on individual works by Nabokov, including his short stories and poetry, provide a brief survey of critical reactions and detailed analyses from diverse vantage points. For anyone interested in Nabokov, from scholars to readers who love his works, this is an ideal guide. Its chronology of Nabokov's life and works, bibliographies of primary and secondary works, and a detailed index make it easy to find reliable information any aspect of Nabokov's rich legacy.

Vladimir Nabokov in Context

Vladimir Nabokov in Context
Author: David Bethea
Publsiher: Cambridge University Press
Total Pages:
Release: 2018-05-24
Genre: Literary Criticism
ISBN: 1108608094

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Vladimir Nabokov, bilingual writer of dazzling masterpieces, is a phenomenon that both resists and requires contextualization. This book challenges the myth of Nabokov as a sole genius who worked in isolation from his surroundings, as it seeks to anchor his work firmly within the historical, cultural, intellectual and political contexts of the turbulent twentieth century. Vladimir Nabokov in Context maps the ever-changing sites, people, cultures and ideologies of his itinerant life which shaped the production and reception of his work. Concise and lively essays by leading scholars reveal a complex relationship of mutual influence between Nabokov's work and his environment. Appealing to a wide community of literary scholars this timely companion to Nabokov's writing offers new insights and approaches to one of the most important, and yet most elusive writers of modern literature.

A Study Guide for Vladimir Nabokov s That In Aleppo Once

A Study Guide for Vladimir Nabokov s  That In Aleppo Once
Author: Gale, Cengage Learning
Publsiher: Gale, Cengage Learning
Total Pages: 18
Genre: Literary Criticism
ISBN: 1410360237

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A Study Guide for Vladimir Nabokov's "That In Aleppo Once...," excerpted from Gale's acclaimed Short Stories for Students. This concise study guide includes plot summary; character analysis; author biography; study questions; historical context; suggestions for further reading; and much more. For any literature project, trust Short Stories for Students for all of your research needs.

The Excitement of Verbal Adventure A Study of Vladimir Nabokov s English Prose

The Excitement of Verbal Adventure  A Study of Vladimir Nabokov s English Prose
Author: J?rgen Bodenstein
Publsiher: Рипол Классик
Total Pages: 456
Release: 1977
Genre: History
ISBN: 5881083520

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The Stories of Vladimir Nabokov

The Stories of Vladimir Nabokov
Author: Vladimir Nabokov
Publsiher: Vintage
Total Pages: 704
Release: 2011-02-16
Genre: Fiction
ISBN: 0307788091

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From the writer who shocked and delighted the world with his novels Lolita, Pale Fire, and Ada, or Ardor, and so many others, comes a magnificent collection of stories. Written between the 1920s and 1950s, these sixty-five tales--eleven of which have been translated into English for the first time--display all the shades of Nabokov's imagination. They range from sprightly fables to bittersweet tales of loss, from claustrophobic exercises in horror to a connoisseur's samplings of the table of human folly. Read as a whole, The Stories of Vladimir Nabokov offers and intoxicating draft of the master's genius, his devious wit, and his ability to turn language into an instrument of ecstasy.

Authorship in Nabokov s Prefaces

Authorship in Nabokov   s Prefaces
Author: Jacqueline Hamrit
Publsiher: Cambridge Scholars Publishing
Total Pages: 160
Release: 2015-01-12
Genre: Literary Criticism
ISBN: 1443873020

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Whereas literary criticism has mainly oscillated between “the death of the author” (Barthes) and “the return of the author” (Couturier), this work suggests another perspective on authorship through an analysis of Nabokov’s prefaces. It is here argued that the author, being neither dead nor tyrannical, alternates between authoritative apparitions and receding disappearances in the double gesture of mastery without mastery which Derrida calls ‘exappropriation’, that is, a simultaneous attempt to appropriate one’s work, control it, have it under one’s power and expropriate it, losing control by loosening one’s grip. The intention of this is to approach, through one’s experience of reading and interpreting, the experience of self-effacement and impersonality pertaining to writing (cf. Blanchot). Prefaces are considered to be suitable places for the deconstruction of the classical image of Nabokov’s arrogance through the unearthing of his reserve and vulnerability. This work provides an account of the mere intuition (which, therefore, does not pretend to be a conclusive and definitive interpretation) of another image of Nabokov whose undeniable talent for deception seems in accordance with a need for discretion and secrecy.

Nabokov s Permanent Mystery

Nabokov  s Permanent Mystery
Author: David S. Rutledge
Publsiher: McFarland
Total Pages: 212
Release: 2011-01-28
Genre: Literary Criticism
ISBN: 0786486481

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This critical text examines the ways in which Vladimir Nabokov, one of the twentieth century’s great writers, structured his works to encapsulate his metaphysical beliefs. It draws examples from Nabokov’s novels, stories and nonfiction, revealing a startling consistency in his beliefs over the course of his career, even as the structure of his novels increased in complexity. At the heart of his work is a profound respect for what’s missing, for unsolvable riddles, for questions even at the expense of answers. Nabokov’s techniques—from wordplay to plotlines—reveal an enduring reverence for permanent mystery.

Nabokov s Theatrical Imagination

Nabokov s Theatrical Imagination
Author: Siggy Frank
Publsiher: Cambridge University Press
Total Pages: 229
Release: 2012-01-12
Genre: Literary Criticism
ISBN: 1107015456

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Drawing on a wealth of unpublished archival material, this study offers a comprehensive assessment of the importance of theatrical performance in Vladimir Nabokov's thinking and writing. Siggy Frank provides fresh insights into Nabokov's wider aesthetics and arrives at new readings of his narrative fiction. As well as emphasising the importance of theatrical performance to our understanding of Nabokov's texts, she demonstrates that the theme of theatricality runs through the central concerns of Nabokov's art and life: the nature of fiction, the relationship between the author and his fictional world, textual origin and derivation, authorial control and textual property, literary appropriations and adaptations, and finally the transformation of the writer himself from the Russian émigré writer Sirin to the American novelist Nabokov.

Discourse and Ideology in Nabokov s Prose

Discourse and Ideology in Nabokov s Prose
Author: David H. J. Larmour
Publsiher: Routledge
Total Pages: 187
Release: 2003-08-29
Genre: Literary Criticism
ISBN: 1134447760

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The prose writings of Vladimir Nabokov form one of the most intriguing oeuvres of the twentieth century. His novels, which include Despair, Lolita and Pale Fire, have been celebrated for their stylistic artistry, their formal complexity, and their unique treatment of themes of memory, exile, loss, and desire. This collection of essays offers readings of several novels as well as discussions of Nabokov's exchange of views about literature with Edmund Wilson, and his place in the 1960s and contemporary popular culture. The volume brings together a diverse group of Nabokovian readers, of widely divergent scholarly backgrounds, interests, and approaches. Together they shift the focus from the manipulative games of author and text to the restless and sometimes resistant reader, and suggest new ways of enjoying these endlessly fascinating texts.

Reference Guide to Russian Literature

Reference Guide to Russian Literature
Author: University Prof of Russian and Comparative Literature Neil Cornwell
Publsiher: Taylor & Francis
Total Pages: 1020
Release: 1998
Genre: Authors, Russian
ISBN: 9781884964107

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"First Published in 1998, Routledge is an imprint of Taylor & Francis, an informa company."

Nabokov s Shakespeare

Nabokov s Shakespeare
Author: Samuel Schuman
Publsiher: Bloomsbury Publishing USA
Total Pages: 224
Release: 2014-07-31
Genre: Literary Criticism
ISBN: 1628923776

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Nabokov's Shakespeare is a comprehensive study of an important and interesting literary relationship. It explores the many and deep ways in which the works of Shakespeare, the greatest writer of the English language, penetrate the novels of Vladimir Nabokov, one of the finest English prose stylists of the twentieth century. As a Russian youth, Nabokov read all of Shakespeare, in English. He claimed a shared birthday with the Bard, and some of his most highly regarded novels (Lolita, Pale Fire and Ada) are infused with Shakespeare and Shakespeareanisms. Nabokov uses Shakespeare and Shakespeare's works in a surprisingly wide variety of ways, from the most casual references to deep thematic links. Schuman provides a taxonomy of Nabokov's Shakespeareanisms; a quantitative analysis of Shakespeare in Nabokov; an examination of Nabokov's Russian works, his early English novels, the non-novelistic writings (poetry, criticism, stories), Nabokov's major works, and his final novels; and a discussion of the nature of literary relationships and influence. With a Foreword by Brian Boyd.

The Five Senses in Nabokov s Works

The Five Senses in Nabokov s Works
Author: Marie Bouchet
Publsiher: Springer Nature
Total Pages: 367
Release: 2020-06-19
Genre: Literary Criticism
ISBN: 3030454061

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This collection of essays focuses on a subject largely neglected in Nabokovian criticism—the importance and significance of the five senses in Vladimir Nabokov’s work, poetics, politics and aesthetics. This text analyzes the crucial role of the author’s synesthesia and multilingualism in relation to the five senses, as well as the sensual and erotic dimensions of sensoriality in his works. Each chapter provides a highly focused and sometimes provocative approach to the unique role that sensory perceptions play in the shaping and narrating of Nabokov’s memories and in his creative process.

Nabokov Perversely

Nabokov  Perversely
Author: Eric Naiman
Publsiher: Cornell University Press
Total Pages: 320
Release: 2011-01-15
Genre: Literary Criticism
ISBN: 0801460239

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In an original and provocative reading of Vladimir Nabokov's work and the pleasures and perils to which its readers are subjected, Eric Naiman explores the significance and consequences of Nabokov's insistence on bringing the issue of art's essential perversity to the fore. Nabokov's fiction is notorious for the interpretive panic it occasions in its readers, the sense that no matter how hard he or she tries, the reader has not gotten Nabokov "right." At the same time, the fictions abound with characters who might be labeled perverts, and questions of sexuality lurk everywhere. Naiman argues that the sexual and the interpretive are so bound together in Nabokov's stories and novels that the reader confronts the fear that there is no stable line between good reading and overreading, and that reading Nabokov well is beset by the exhilaration and performance anxiety more frequently associated with questions of sexuality than of literature. Nabokov's fictions pervert their readers, obligingly training them to twist and turn the text in order to puzzle out its meanings, so that they become not better people but closer readers, assuming all the impudence and potential for shame that sexually oriented close-looking entails. In Nabokov, Perversely, Naiman traces the connections between sex and interpretation in Lolita (which he reads as a perverse work of Shakespeare scholarship), Pnin, Bend Sinister, and Ada. He examines the roots of perverse reading in The Defense and charts the enhanced attention to the connection between sex and metafiction in works translated from the Russian. He also takes on books by other authors—such as Reading Lolita in Tehran—that misguidedly incorporate Nabokov's writing within frameworks of moral usefulness. In a final, extraordinary chapter, Naiman reads Dostoevsky's The Double with Nabokov-trained eyes, making clear the power a strong writer can exert on readers.

Stalking Nabokov

Stalking Nabokov
Author: Brian Boyd
Publsiher: Columbia University Press
Total Pages: 488
Release: 2011-11-08
Genre: Literary Criticism
ISBN: 0231530293

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At the age of twenty-one, Brian Boyd wrote a thesis on Vladimir Nabokov that the famous author called "brilliant." After gaining exclusive access to the writer's archives, he wrote a two-part, award-winning biography, Vladimir Nabokov: The Russian Years (1990) and Vladimir Nabokov: The American Years (1991). This collection features essays written by Boyd since completing the biography, incorporating material he gleaned from his research as well as new discoveries and formulations. Boyd confronts Nabokov's life, career, and legacy; his art, science, and thought; his subtle humor and puzzle-like storytelling; his complex psychological portraits; and his inheritance from, reworking of, and affinities with Shakespeare, Pushkin, Tolstoy, and Machado de Assis. Boyd offers new ways of reading Nabokov's best English-language works: Lolita, Pale Fire, Ada, and the unparalleled autobiography, Speak, Memory, and he discloses otherwise unknown information about the author's world. Sharing his personal reflections, Boyd recounts the adventures, hardships, and revelations of researching Nabokov's biography and his unusual finds in the archives, including materials still awaiting publication. The first to focus on Nabokov's metaphysics, Boyd cautions against their being used as the key to unlock all of the author's secrets, showing instead the many other rooms in Nabokov's castle of fiction that need exploring, such as his humor, narrative invention, and psychological insight into characters and readers alike. Appreciating Nabokov as novelist, memoirist, poet, translator, scientist, and individual, Boyd helps us understand more than ever the author's multifaceted genius.

Anatomy of a Short Story

Anatomy of a Short Story
Author: Yuri Leving
Publsiher: A&C Black
Total Pages: 432
Release: 2012-05-24
Genre: Literary Criticism
ISBN: 1441142630

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A unique anthology devoted to a single story–“Signs and Symbols” by Vladimir Nabokov–which exposes the way we read and interpret short stories.