Vladimir Nabokov

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NABOKOV STUDIES (#4; 1997) (fwd)
EDITOR's NOTE. NABOKOV STUDIES, a publication of the International
Vladimir Nabokov Society, is essential for all Nabokov specialists. I urge
that you subscribe and, even more importantly, that you request your
college or university library to do so.

One highlight of the new issue is a section from Brian Boyd's forthcoming
book on the PALE FIRE narrator question. See acticle abstracts at end for
more detail.

D. Barton Johnson, Editor NABOKV-L



Zoran Kuzmanovich (ZOKUZMANOVIC@DAVIDSON.EDU), Editor of the
annual journal NABOKOV STUDIES, announces that the new issue (approx.
260pp) will be available for shipping on 4 Sept 1998. Please send your
orders to:

Zoran Kuzmanovich, Editor
NABOKOV STUDIES <nabokov@davidson.edu>
English Department
Davidson College
Davidson North Carolina 28036

Please make out checks in U.S. funds, drawn on a U.S. bank (or a
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STUDIES. Please indicate the volume number on your check.
Back issues of NABOKOV STUDIES #1 (1994) and #2 (1995) are
available from either Zoran Kuzmanovich at the above address (checks
payable to Zoran Kuzmanovich), or from Stephen Parker, Secretary/Treasurer
of the International Vladimir Nabokov Society, c/o Dept. of Slavic
Languages & Literatures, University of Kansas, Lawrence, Kansas 66045.
Vol. I (1994) is $21 [233pp]; vol. II (1995) -- $28 [308pp.]. Checks to
Stephen Parker should be payable to the International Vladimir Nabokov
Society. Orders for volume I (only) are also available from D. Barton
Johnson, Dept. of Germanic, Slavic & Semitic Studies, Phelps Hall, Univ.
of California, Santa Barbara, CA 93106.Checks payable to D. Barton Johnson.

Sample articles from volumes I, II, & II are available on the
Nabokov WWW-site. http://www.libraries.psu.edu/iasweb/nabokov/nsintro.htm

>From Vol. I: Leona Toker, "Liberal Ironists and the 'Gaudily Painted
Savage': On Richard Rorty's Reading of Vladimir Nabokov"

>From Vol. II: Brian Boyd, "'Even Homais Nods': Nabokov's Fallibility or
How to Revise LOLITA"

>From Vol. III Thomas Seifrid, "Nabokov's Poetics of Vision or What _Anna
Karenina_ is Doing in _Kamera obskura_ (Laughter in the Dark).

The Table of Contents for the new issue follows.(NABOKV-L will
re-run the Table of Contents for Vols. I, II , and III in a separate
NABOKOV STUDIES (Vol. 4, 1997)

Table of Contents
From the Editor vii

Contributors x


D. Barton Johnson 1
That Butterfly in Nabokov's Nabokov's _Eye_

Julian Connolly 15
Nabokov's Dialogue with Dostoevsky:
_Lolita_ and "The Gentle Creature"

Priscilla Meyer 37
_Despair_ and _The Real Life of Sebastian Knight_
as Doubles

Stephen H. Blackwell 61
Fated Freedoms:
Textual Form and Metaphysical Texture in Nabokov

Anna Brodsky 95
Homosexuality and the Aesthetic of Nabokov's _Dar_

Anat Ben-Amos 117
The Role of Literature in _The Gift_

Svetlana Polsky 151
Vladimir Nabokov's Short Story "Easter Rain"

Vladimir Mylnikov 163
The Nature of Textual Binarity: Nabokov's "Christmas"

Brian Boyd 173
Shade and Shape in _Pale Fire_

Amy Spungen 225
A Response to Sarah Herbold

Sarah Herbold 231
A Response to Amy Spungen


Nassim Winnie Berdjis. Imagery in Vladimir Nabokov's Last Russian
Novel (Dar), Its English Translation (The Gift), and Other Prose
Works. (1995)
Review by Priscilla Meyer 237

Boris Nosik. Mir I Dar Nabokova. Pervaia Russkaia Biografiia
Pisatelia. (1995)
Review by Simon Karlinsky 239

_Lolita_. Read by Jeremy Irons. (1997)
Review by Zoran Kuzmanovich 243

Richard Corliss. _Lolita_ (1995)
Review by Zoran Kuzmanovich 247

Galya Diment. _Pniniad: Vladimir Nabokov and Marc Szeftel.
Review by Gerard de Vries 250

Svetlana Polsky. Smert' i bessmertie v russikh rasskazakh Vladimira
Nabokova. (1997)
Review by Paul Morris 253

Index 258

Brian Boyd.............."Shade and Shape in Pale Fire"

Pale Fire has settled--the first impression (Shade and Kinbote as
distinct and responsible respectively for poem and apparatus criticus),
Shade as covert author of the whole, Kinbote as covert author, and an
irresolvable oscillation between the last two positions--before showing
what makes the last three positions impossible and the first inadequate.
The article then reconsiders the sequence of Kinbote's thinking (the
Gradus parts of his fantasy could have arisen only after Shade's
death)and the particularly close association of Gradus and Shade, in
details like birthday, name, the Sudarg of Bokay--windowpane links, and
in the emphatic counterpointing of the Gradus story and the composition
of the poem (curious, when Kinbote stresses counterpoint as a
particularly Shadean device), and suggests that if Shade's shade has
helped shape the Gradus fantasy in Kinbote's mind, that would account
for the uncanny echoes many have caught passing between the two voices
in the novel.

The article is the first chapter to appear of a book called Nabokov's
Pale Fire: The Magic of Artistic Dicovery.

Stephen H. Blackwell, University of Tennessee, Knoxville......
"Fated Freedoms: Textual Form and Metaphysical Texture in Nabokov"

Nabokov's fate appears as the benevolent force guiding Fyodor and Zina
together in The Gift, or still more blithely personified as Aubry McFate
in Lolita. This study explores the two main traditions of fate
(predestination and divine intervention) as they are activated in several
novels, tracing at the same time these traditions' cultural origins and
their interaction with other major themes in the works. Not merely a
theme or character, "fate" possesses far-reaching metaphorical
implications for our understanding of Nabokov's fictional world. The
tight analogy between a Nabokovian understanding of "text" and his
representation of fate leads to a suggestive model that provides insight
into the role of texture within the author's implied metaphysics.


Priscilla Meyer..................... "Black and Violet Words: Despair and
The Real Life of Sebastian Knight as Doubles"

Nabokov has carefully constructed Despair and RLSK as doubles of each
other, connecting them as negative and positive variants of his views on
death and immortality. Motifs, images, themes and plot elements link the
novels--the violet motif, the myth of Narcissus, portraits of the heroes
(Ardalion?s and Roy Carswell?s), leaves reflected in water, the stick and
the cane, spiders, business failures, dogs. Hermann?s petty pessimism (the
missed stick) is answered by Sebastian?s ?optimystics? in RLSK, in which
Nabokov gives hope of a higher power shaping human existence and affirms
the afterlife.


Julian W. Connolly, University of Virginia............
"Nabokov's Dialogue with Dostoevsky: _Lolita_ and 'The Gentle

Vladimir Nabokov's artistic relationship to his 19th-century predecessor
Fyodor Dostoevsky was a contentious one. Several of Nabokov's works, from
_Despair_ to _Lolita_, display a competitive spirit: the writer uses
characteristic Dostoevskian elements to beat the master at his own game.
This seems particularly true of _Lolita_, a novel rich with intertextual
references to works of Russian literature. One of the most interesting of
these is Dostoevsky's "The Gentle Creature" ("Krotkaia"), the tale of a
41-year old man's marriage to a 16-year old girl. Narrated by the husband,
the story provides a disturbing account of the older man's abusive
treatment of his young bride. This essay outlines the distinctive ways in
which Nabokov's novel reproduces core elements of the Dostoevsky story, and
it attempts to explain how and why Nabokov reshapes Dostoevsky's unusual text.