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.
Table of Contents1. 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.