Boyd, Brian. Nabokov’s Transition from Russian to English: Repudiation or Evolution? 2007-2008

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Bibliographic title
Nabokov’s Transition from Russian to English: Repudiation or Evolution?
Periodical or collection
Nabokov Studies
Periodical issue
v. 11
Page(s)
159-88
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Comment

Delivered in shorter form as a paper at the Transitional Nabokov conference, Oxford, 2007, organized by Will Norman and Duncan White. 

The issue of Nabokov Studies, although dated 2007/2008, actually appeared in 2009.

Reprinted as ch. 14 of Brian Boyd, Stalking Nabokov.

Abstract

Challenges Alexander Dolinin's 2005 claim in "Nabokov as a Russian Writer" that Nabokov in his years of English success engaged in "tricky myth-making," downplaying his Russianness and his debt to Russian language literature, and the value of his Russian in comparison with his English works, and emphasizing that he was a born cosmopolitan.