Is it not Nabokov himself who enacts Barthes' 'death of the author' in Pale Fire? I believe it is the novel
whose criticism has moved beyond the intentions of Nabokov the most within his canon because of
the death of his authority in the novel, predominantly by writing a novel of such complexity with
multiple characters in various fictional worlds.

In Pale Fire, however, it can only be said that the death of the author leads to the birth of the re-
reader. Something that Nabokov would appreciate. Perhaps this is where the ideologies converge with
their focus on re-reading a text.

Simon Rowberry

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