NABOKV-L post 0020993, Wed, 24 Nov 2010 12:51:39 -0500

Death of the Author

While highlighting one's own work is or can be unbecoming, I would like to mention that first in my 1995 doctoral dissertation on the poetics of Nabokov's stories with reference to Chekhov and Bunin, and subsequently in my book "The World of Nabokov's Stories," I discussed Nabokov in the framework of the principal trends in 20th century literary theory, from Russian Formalism to various post-structuralist approaches. And I specifically treated both the "death of the author" and the "author function," both Barthes and Foucault, in "Nabokov's "Vasiliy Shishkov": An Author-Text Interpretation," in "Torpid Smoke: The Stories of Vladimir Nabokov," ed. Stephen G. Kellman and Irving Malin (Amsterdam: Rodopi, 2000), 133-171. Lastly, in the preface to my book "Nabokov: temy i variastsii," I engaged New Historicism in connection with an overview of Nabokov's literary career. This is old hat by now, but perhaps some of it could be of use to you.

Warm regards,


Maxim D. Shrayer
Professor of Russian, English, and Jewish Studies
Department of Slavic & Eastern Languages and Literatures
Boston College
210 Lyons Hall, 140 Commonwealth Avenue
Chestnut Hill, MA 02467-3804 USA
tel. 617-552-3911 fax. 617-552-3913

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