NABOKV-L post 0011845, Mon, 12 Sep 2005 11:29:32 -0700

Fwd: ck responds to Jansy's response to Joe Morgan

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Date: Mon, 12 Sep 2005 08:56:46 -0800
From: Carolyn Kunin <>
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Subject: ck responds to Jansy's response to Joe Morgan

Does it matter if a boy becomes a girl in a novel, or when the seduction by
a rich relative becomes the story of an old sweet lady haunted by ghosts
when we only exchange the images of one into the other ? This is to trivial
> to engage Nabokov´s genius and his reader´s talents, as I see it. The
importance lies in the mechanisms through which these transformations took
place. The tactics of a "Word Golf" in the transposition from lame into lass
or Lady.
> Jansy

Dear Jansy,

You are indeed a true Derriderian. But I am not and I find this question to
be of great interest. I do not know if Centerwall's theory is correct, but
if it is, it goes a long way to explain one of the riddles Nabokov's work
poses: how is it that the idyllic childhood painted by VN morphs into the
sexually perverse literature of his adulthood? A very interesting
metamorphosis indeed.

It appears that Jo Morgan is riding on Centerwall's back, and her faults are
muddying the waters of this question. I would like to see - - on this List
perhaps - - a reasoned and un-emotional rebuttal to Centerwall's theory.

By the way Centerwall is active, teaching English (see attached course
description) at the University of Washington. He has a medical degree and is
pursuing a Ph.D. in textual studies.


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