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Nabokov's Pale fire : the magic of artistic discovery

Nabokov's Pale fire : the magic of artistic discovery

Author: Brian Boyd
Publisher: Princeton, NJ : Princeton University Press, 1999.
Edition/Format:   eBook : Document : EnglishView all editions and formats
Pale Fire is regarded by many as Vladimir Nabokov's masterpiece. The novel has been hailed as one of the most striking early examples of postmodernism and has become a famous test case for theories about reading because of the apparent impossibility of deciding between several radically different interpretations. Does the book have two narrators, as it first appears, or one? How much is fantasy and how much is  Read more...

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Genre/Form: Electronic book
Electronic books
Criticism, interpretation, etc
Additional Physical Format: Print version:
Boyd, Brian, 1952-
Nabokov's Pale fire.
Princeton, NJ : Princeton University Press, 1999
(DLC) 99030682
Named Person: Vladimir Vladimirovich Nabokov; Vladimir Vladimirovich Nabokov; Vladimir Vladimirovich Nabokov; Vladimir V Nabokov; Vladimir (1899-1977) Nabokov; Vladimir Nabokov; Vladimir (1899-1977) Nabokov; Vladimir Nabokov; Vladimir V Nabokov
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Brian Boyd
ISBN: 9781400823192 1400823196 1400811112 9781400811113 1282505580 9781282505582 9786612505584 6612505583
OCLC Number: 744622210
Language Note: English.
Awards: Short-listed for Choice Magazine Outstanding Reference/Academic Book Award 2000
Description: 1 online resource (xii, 303 pages) : illustrations
Contents: Poem --
Pale Fire --
Antithesis: Rereading --
In Search of the Story Behind --
Intrusions of the Real: Shade --
Excursions from the Real: Kinbote --
Problems: Shade and Kinbote --
Synthesis: Re-Rereading --
Discovery as Story --
Transformation --
From Appalachia to Zembla: A Woman Spurned --
"Pale Fire": Origins and Ends --
"A Poem in Four Cantos": Sign and Design --
From Zembla to Appalachia: The Contrapuntal Theme --
"Pale Fire," Pale Fire, pale fire: The Spiral Unwinds.
Responsibility: Brian Boyd.
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Leads the reader step-by-step, gradually revealing the relationship between Vladimir Nabokov's ethics, aesthetics, epistemology, and metaphysics. This work shows how Nabokov's interest in discovery  Read more...


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One of Choice's Outstanding Academic Titles for 2000 "My award for Novel of the Century goes to Nabokov's Pale Fire ...The book that prompted these reflections and confirmed me in my choice for Novel Read more...

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