NABOKV-L post 0020832, Tue, 5 Oct 2010 13:24:50 -0400

BIB: Nabokov scholarship review
David sends the following announcement:

Haven't read it yet.
- David Powelstock

Will Norman, Transitions in Nabokov Studies
Literature Compass
Volume 7, Issue 10, pages 965–976, October 2010

This article maps recent transitions in Nabokov Studies and places
them in the context of the history of the field as it has developed
since the 1960s. While many critics have allowed Nabokov’s own
injunctions and ‘strong opinions’ to establish the parameters of their
research, various scholars over the last decade have shown a
willingness to transgress the rules of Nabokovian reading. From
historicist approaches to Lolita as a holocaust novel, to
controversial questions concerning ethics and ideology, I survey some
of the best work on the author and suggest ways in which Nabokov
Studies might develop in the future. In the past, many of the most
radical readings of Nabokov have focused on Lolita, but the posthumous
publication of The Original of Laura now invites renewed focus on the
late fiction, while there remains the necessity of exploring Nabokov’s
place within the contexts of modernism and of world literature.

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