NABOKV-L post 0023168, Thu, 2 Aug 2012 13:46:46 -0700

Zolushka/incest tale?
To the List,

I hate to appear dense, but I cannot for the life of me comprehend in
what possible sense Zolushka (Cendrillon, Aschenbrodel, etsy etsy
etsy) are incest tales. The father is passive, rarely even present,
and there are no brothers - only sisters and nasty step-mother.
Lesbian incest? Jamais couchee avec, as a Rumanian girlfriend used to

May I thank Matt for drawing my attention to the fact that M Maar
makes a slight nod in my direction in his book, Speak, Nabokov. I have
the book, but hadn't noticed the kind footnote.

But, Jansy if I may, I have no idea of what you mean by the following,
and how I could possibly have anything to do with it.

I was happy when I read Carolyn Kunin's reference to "Speak, Nabokov"
because, in her commentary, she stressed Maar's non-idolatrous vertex
and the scope of his literary inter/intra-connections, favouring
exciting inroads into VN's works.

By the way, I have on my bookshelves all the books you, Jansy,
reference - so perhaps I need to go back and re-read. But for the sake
of others who may not have Marina(!) Warner, Bettelheim and/or Levi-
Strauss, could you please be more specific. Also I fail to see any
homosexuality &/or pederasty in Hamlet or Oedipus Rex. Have I been
missing something obvious?

I particularly identify with Zolushka, so some of this is of more than
academic curiosity to me.

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