Nabokov and his Fiction: New Perspectives

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In the centenary year of Nabokov's birth, eleven of the world's foremost Nabokov scholars offer original essays on the writer and his fiction. They cover a broad range of topics and approaches, from close readings of major texts to penetrating discussions of the relationship between Nabokov's personal beliefs and experiences and his art. There is a first glimpse at a recently published work, The Tragedy of Mr. Morn, and a fresh perspective on Nabokov's most famous novel, Lolita....
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Overview

In the centenary year of Nabokov's birth, eleven of the world's foremost Nabokov scholars offer original essays on the writer and his fiction. They cover a broad range of topics and approaches, from close readings of major texts to penetrating discussions of the relationship between Nabokov's personal beliefs and experiences and his art. There is a first glimpse at a recently published work, The Tragedy of Mr. Morn, and a fresh perspective on Nabokov's most famous novel, Lolita.
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"Read this collection; it is challenging in its strong readings, and I salute it." Irving Malin, Review of Contemporary Fiction

"All of the essays in the volume mark significant steps forward in Nabokov scholarship...The editor is to be commended for offering an anthology which deserves no just to be read, but also to be reread." Slavic and East European Journal

"The collection presents not only a substantive sampling of diverse areas of critical inquiry at the end of the fourth decade of serious Nabokov scholarship, but offers a home to several of the most interesting individual pieces that have been published in those forty years." Stephen Jan Parker, The Russian Review

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Table of Contents

1. Nabokov at 100 Julian W. Connolly; Part I. Artistic Strategies and Themes: 2. Setting his myriad faces in his text: Nabokov's authorial presence revisited Gavriel Shapiro; 3. 'The gift of imagining facts': Vladimir Nabokov and the art of autobiography Galya Diment; 4. The near-tyranny of the author: Pale Fire Maurice Couturier; 5. Jewish questions in Nabokov's art and life Maxim D. Shrayer; 6. 'The dead are good mixers': notes on individualism in Nabokov's fiction Leona Toker; 7. Nabokov's trinity (on the movement of Nabokov's themes) Gennady Barabtarlo; Part II. Literary and Cultural Contexts: 8. 'Imagining other and better ways of looking': Nabokov's response to the legacy of Fedor Dostoevsky Julian W. Connolly; 9. Her monster, his nymphet: Nabokov, Mary Shelley, and the specter of sexism Ellen Pifer; 10. Vladimir Nabokov and Rupert Brooke D. Barton Johnson; 11. From time to eternity: the critique of historicism in Nabokov's Russian writings Alexander Dolinin; 12. Poshlust as cultural critique: Nabokov with Adorno and Malraux at the peak of Hitlerism John Burt Foster, Jr.; Selected bibliography of works by Vladimir Nabokov; Selected bibliography of work on Vladimir Nabokov.
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