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Nabokov's art of memory and European modernism

Author: John Burt Foster
Publisher: Princeton, N.J. : Princeton University Press, ©1993.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Despite Vladimir Nabokov's hostility toward literary labels, he clearly recognized his own place in cultural history. In a fresh approach stressing Nabokov's European context, John Foster shows how this writer's art of memory intersects with early twentieth-century modernism. Tracing his interests in temporal perspective and the mnemonic image, in intertextual "reminiscences," and in individuality amid cultural  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Criticism, interpretation, etc
Named Person: Vladimir Vladimirovich Nabokov; Vladimir Nabokov; Vladimir Vladimirovich Nabokov; Vladimir Nabokov
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: John Burt Foster
ISBN: 0691069719 9780691069715
OCLC Number: 26160433
Description: xviii, 260 pages ; 25 cm
Contents: Pt. 1. Points of Departure --
1. The European Nabokov, the Modernist Moment, and Cultural Biography --
2. The Self-Defined Origins of an Artist of Memory --
From Synesthesia to the Two Master Narratives --
Nietzsche, Baudelaire, and the Discourse of Modernity --
3. The Rejection of Anticipatory Memory: From Mary to The Defense and Glory (1925-1930) --
Pt. 2. Toward France --
4. Encountering French Modernism: Kamera Obskura (1931-1932) --
5. From the Personal to the Intertextual: Dostoevsky and the Two-Tiered Mnemonic System in Despair (1932-1933) --
6. Narrative between Art and Memory: Writing and Rewriting "Mademoiselle O" (1936-1967) --
7. Memory Modernism, and the Fictive Autobiographies --
Recollected Emotion in "Spring in Fialta" (1936-1947) --
The Covert Modernism of The Gift (1934-1937) --
Pt. 3. In English --
8. Cultural Mobility and British Modernism: The Real Life of Sebastian Knight and Bend Sinister (1938-1946) --
9. Autobiographical Images: The Shaping of Speak, Memory (1946-1967) --
10. The Cultural Self-Consciousness of Speak, Memory --
Epilogue: Proust over T. S. Eliot in Pale Fire (1962).
Responsibility: John Burt Foster, Jr.
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Stressing Nabokov's European context, this study describes how the Russian writer's art intersects with early 20th-century modernism. It explores his response to other writers of the era, and his  Read more...

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