NABOKV-L post 0024337, Thu, 13 Jun 2013 19:53:06 -0700

reply to Jansy re metamorphoses
Jansy will appreciate that the original Cupid and Psyche story appeared first in
Apuleius's odd novel (a new translation gets a starred review in the current
TLS) usually called "The Golden Ass(e)", but properly called the Metamorphosis.

Speaking of TLS, in the May 17 issue there was quite a wealth of articles
dealing with Russian literature, especially the under appreciated Leskov; Propp
on Russian folklore and a book entitled "Magic Tales from Pushkin to Platonov."
Oh, and also a review of Collected Poems by one Vladimir Nabokv; edited by
Thomas Karshan.

But back to various metamophoses and their relations to Nabokov - the
entomological use of the term is fairly obvious, but could one not also say that
it is the (long e) overarching theme in all of Nabokov's work? or is that going
too too far? My favorite novel PF is, if my Jekyll and Hyde interpretation has
any validity, a tale of metamorphosis. Lolita, Nabokov's own darling, undergoes
a metamorphosis from lovely nymphet to humdrum moth at the end of the novel.
Well, those are the two I know best. The Kafka Metamorphosis, referred to by
Jansy, was beloved of VN one assumes both entomologically and literarily. I
can't recall now - any references to Ovid's M in VN?

Ovid like Dante and VN suffered exile, but I don't recall any Nabokovian
references to that either. Some of us will recall that Dmitri used the Dantean
Can Grande in his email address to refer to that man's exile and the family
connection of which he and his father were both proud.


From: Jansy <jansy@AETERN.US>
Sent: Thu, June 13, 2013 7:23:37 PM
Subject: Re: [NABOKV-L] Harlequin Jaloux

Carolyn Kunin: [to A.Sklyarenko] This is all very interesting but how is it
possible that, as you write in your btw, that Sirin published Petersburg (or
anything else for that matter) in 1913?

Jansy Mello: The chronologies and twists in LATH must open the way for this
kind of envious invention for, as he himself admits it in his lectures on
literature, for Nabokov Bely's St. Petersburg is "regarded as one of the four
greatest masterpieces of twentieth century prose, after Ulysses and The
Metamorphosis and before In Search of Lost Time " (wiki):
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