RE: [NABOKV-L] The Connected Enchanted Hunters of Mansfield Park & L_o_l_i_t_a
"Hyman, Eric" <>
8/31/2015 8:05 AM
'Vladimir Nabokov Forum' <NABOKV-L@LISTSERV.UCSB.EDU>

Dear List:


This seems to me to be a stretch.  Certainly amateur theatricals are central to Mansfield Park, but are they central enough to L----- to constitute an allusion?  One might just as well argue that L----- alludes to the amateur theatricals in Shakespeare’s Midsummer Night’s Dream—for those actually take place in the woods, are more explicitly sexual, have the tragic death of a young woman, and, most of all, have enchantments.  We know that Nabokov, like all educated Russians, was deeply interested in Shakespeare because Bend Sinister has a parody of Hamlet.


Eric Hyman

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From: Vladimir Nabokov Forum [mailto:NABOKV-L@LISTSERV.UCSB.EDU] On Behalf Of Arnie Perlstein
Sent: Sunday, August 30, 2015 2:37 PM
Subject: [NABOKV-L] The Connected Enchanted Hunters of Mansfield Park & L_o_l_i_t_a


This is a followup to my two recent posts about heretofore undiscovered veiled allusions in Nabokov’s L_o_l_i_t_a: first, the covert theme of the sexual abuse of Fanny Price in Jane Austen’s *Mansfield Park *symbolized by Mrs. Norris accusing Fanny of scandalously “lolling

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