NABOKV-L post 0010582, Sun, 14 Nov 2004 15:02:59 -0800

Re: Fw: time synchronization:
EDNOTE. Time Synchronization is important in VN. Jonathan Sisson wrote an
excellent dissertation on the topic--a piece of it appeared in issue #1 of

----- Forwarded message from -----
Date: Sun, 14 Nov 2004 10:25:22 -0800 (PST)
From: Alyssa Pelish <>

Just off hand, I don't know whether VN ever discusses Proust's theory on
involuntary memory, but, in case you haven't checked already, his lecture on
"Swann's Way" would be a likely place. (Within this lecture, I've actually
found a few delightful observations that seem (retrospectively) to function
almost as commentary on VN's own writing.) I suppose, too, one could assert
that such discussion or exploration of kinds of memory occurs in _Speak,
Memory_, though without, of course, any explicit reference to Proust.

Do let me know if you find anything more specific! I'd love to know.

Alyssa Pelish

"Donald B. Johnson" <> wrote:
Thanks, ED and Alyssa for tossing in a coin about time in Anna Karenin and
Pnin, a very interesting track to explore.

Alyssa expressed her misgivings about "misplaced memories" - a contrast to
VN´s constant attempt to control or recreate his own ( he wrote in Ada that
he "collected what he wanted to recollect" ...) The temporality arisen by
our remembrances follows rules that don´t belong to clocks, historical
sequencing and traditional physics... Does any of you know if VN ever
commented Proust´s theory about "involuntary memories" ?

Thanks, again.

----- Original Message -----
From: "Donald B. Johnson"
Sent: Saturday, November 13, 2004 11:51 PM
Subject: Re: Fw: time synchronizatio: coin

EDNOTE. Alyssa's idea crossed my minf as well.

----- Forwarded message from -----
Date: Sat, 13 Nov 2004 10:31:14 -0800 (PST)
From: Alyssa Pelish


I wonder if it's worth bringing up, on a related note, VN's (or Pnin's, at
least) interest in the subtly skewed presentation of time in _Anna
I think (though this may be a misplaced memory) he discusses this in his
lecture on the latter novel. Seems to be part of a general fascination with
time and patterns throughout time.
Just thought I'd toss that out.

Alyssa Pelish

"D. Barton Johnson" wrote:

----- Original Message ----- From: Jansy Berndt de Souza Mello
To: don barton johnson
Sent: Friday, November 12, 2004 6:42 PM
Subject: coin

Hi, Don,
I wonder if the text below can interest you and the List. I´ll send it on
The idea is to bring out VN´s fascination with J.Joyce´s synchronization
The lines in TT about the cockshuttle ( that appears twice, at least, after
interval of eight years), together with the theme of "picking up coins" can
associated to VN´s Lecture on James Joyce, when VN comments about
Part two, ch. 7 of "Ulysses":

" in the second section the synchronization begins (...) See the technique?
is now three. Kelleher sends a silent jet of hayjuice (...)and at the same
in another part of the town a generous white arm ( Molly Bloom´s) from a
in Eccles Street, three miles away to the northwest, flings forth a coin to
one-legged sailor who has by now reached Eccles Street (...) Lenehan´s
(...) is synchronized with Molly Bloom replacing the card advertising an
unfurnished apartment that has slipped from the sash when she opened it to
fling the one-legged sailor a penny.
And since at that same time Kelleher was talking...(...) we conclude with a
tinge of artistic pleasure that sections 2,3 and 9 occurred simultaneously
different places.
( pag.331/332 or 3:00 o´clock ) F. Bowers ed.1980.

Do you Yahoo!?
Check out the new Yahoo! Front Page.

----- End forwarded message -----

----- End forwarded message -----

Do you Yahoo!?
Check out the new Yahoo! Front Page.

----- End forwarded message -----