NABOKV-L post 0008748, Tue, 14 Oct 2003 16:35:55 -0700

QUERY: V-for-Victory in Pale Fire
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From: "James Ramey" <jamestramey@YAHOO.COM>
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> I've heard that critics have speculated that V for Vladimir explicitly
> plays a role in Pale Fire in that Gradus tries to make the sign of an X
> makes a pathetic V instead (179-180). This has been read, apparently, as
> the dictator-author's first name winning out over the name of Zemblan
> king "Xavier". Does anybody know of critics who have made this comment?
> want to attribute the idea in a paper, but I don't know to whom. I know
> goes against Boyd's reading that this V is being caused by Shade
> as "shadowgrapher", but I'm looking for other opinions.
> I'd very, very grateful for help on this. My E-mail is
> Cheers,
> Jim Ramey