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Nabokov's Early Fiction
Patterns of Self and Other

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Part of Cambridge Studies in Russian Literature

  • Date Published: May 2009
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521111423

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  • This book traces the evolution of Vladimir Nabokov's prose fiction from the mid-1920s to the late 1930s. While individual works by Nabokov have attracted extensive commentary, the precise contours of Nabokov's development as a writer of fiction have received little attention. Julian Connolly traces this development by focusing on a crucial subject: the relationship between self and other in its various forms (including character to character, character to author, author to reader). At the core of Professor Connolly's analysis is the discovery of a powerful structure of bifurcation in Nabokov's work, between the character dimensions of a protagonist's identity and its latent authorial dimensions. As Nabokov's works grow more sophisticated, the author manipulates the relationship between these two dimensions, creating a series of memorable characters who seek to attain the status of authentic author by shedding that aspect of the self which functions as a character. Julian Connolly's investigation into the relationship between self and other in the early fiction provides an original model for approaching all of Nabokov's fictional writing, and constitutes a major contribution to Nabokov scholarship.

    • Book provides a new understanding of the literary development of the author of Lolita and Pale Fire, and an original model for approaching all of his works. So many books on him concentrate on just one novel
    • Author is a well-known figure in US; was at Harvard, now Chairman of Slavonic Languages and Literatures Department, University of Virginia
    • Relevant to all those interested in the twentieth-century novel - English and American as well as Russian
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    • Date Published: May 2009
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521111423
    • length: 300 pages
    • dimensions: 216 x 140 x 17 mm
    • weight: 0.38kg
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    Dedication
    Acknowledgements
    Introduction
    1. The quest of the other
    2. Altering the themes of life
    3. The evil differentiation of shadows
    4. A fondness for the mask
    5. Dimming the bliss of Narcissus
    6. The struggle for autonomy
    7. The transforming rays of creative consciousness
    Notes
    Abbreviation
    Bibliography of works cited.

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    Julian W. Connolly, University of Virginia

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