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Vladimir Nabokov in Context

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David M. Bethea, Siggy Frank, Brian Boyd, Barbara Wyllie, Lara Delage-Toriel, Julian W. Connolly, Susan Elizabeth Sweeney, Maria Malikova, Gennady Barabtarlo, Beci Carver, Stanislav Shvabrin, John Burt Foster, Jr, Monica Manolescu, Alexander Dolinin, Michael Wood, Duncan White, Michal Oklot, Matthew Walker, Ann Komaromi, Marijeta Bozovic, Nassim Winnie Balestrini, Stephen H. Blackwell, Sergei Davydov, Leonid Livak, Dana Dragunoiu, Olga Voronina, Will Norman, Andrea Carosso, Rachel Trousdale
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  • Date Published: May 2018
  • availability: Available
  • format: Hardback
  • isbn: 9781107108646

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  • Vladimir Nabokov, bilingual writer of dazzling masterpieces, is a phenomenon that both resists and requires contextualization. This book challenges the myth of Nabokov as a sole genius who worked in isolation from his surroundings, as it seeks to anchor his work firmly within the historical, cultural, intellectual and political contexts of the turbulent twentieth century. Vladimir Nabokov in Context maps the ever-changing sites, people, cultures and ideologies of his itinerant life which shaped the production and reception of his work. Concise and lively essays by leading scholars reveal a complex relationship of mutual influence between Nabokov's work and his environment. Appealing to a wide community of literary scholars this timely companion to Nabokov's writing offers new insights and approaches to one of the most important, and yet most elusive writers of modern literature.

    • Takes an updated and contemporary approach to Nabokov and his work that combines literary and historical scholarship
    • Readers are able to easily familiarise themselves with the important contexts of Nabokov's life through concise and lively essays
    • Takes full account of the Russian and American contexts of Nabokov's life and work
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    • Date Published: May 2018
    • format: Hardback
    • isbn: 9781107108646
    • length: 334 pages
    • dimensions: 235 x 158 x 19 mm
    • weight: 0.66kg
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    Introduction: contextualizing Nabokov David M. Bethea and Siggy Frank
    Part I. Identity:
    1. Nabokov: a life in contexts I: Russia and emigration Brian Boyd
    2. Nabokov: a life in contexts II: beyond the emigration Brian Boyd
    3. Childhood Barbara Wyllie
    4. Women Lara Delage-Toriel
    5. Friends and foes Julian W. Connolly
    6. Academia Susan Elizabeth Sweeney
    7. Authorial persona Maria Malikova
    Part II. Places:
    8. St Petersburg Gennady Barabtarlo
    9. Cambridge Beci Carver
    10. Berlin Stanislav Shvabrin
    11. Paris John Burt Foster, Jr
    12. East to West Coast Monica Manolescu
    13. Switzerland East to West Coast Monica Manolescu
    Part III. Literature and Arts:
    14. The Russian literary canon Alexander Dolinin
    15. The Western literary canon Michael Wood
    16. Publishing: Russian Émigré literature Siggy Frank
    17. Publishing: American literature Duncan White
    18. Detective fiction Michal Oklot and Matthew Walker
    19. Samizdat and Tamizdat Ann Komaromi
    20. Nabokov's visual imagination Marijeta Bozovic
    21. Popular culture Nassim Winnie Balestrini
    Part IV. Ideas and Cultures:
    22. Science Stephen H. Blackwell
    23. Darwinism David M. Bethea
    24. Psychoanalysis Michal Oklot and Matthew Walker
    25. Faith Sergei Davydov
    26. Jewishness as literary device in Nabokov's fiction Leonid Livak
    27. Liberalism Dana Dragunoiu
    28. Totalitarianism Olga Voronina
    29. The Cold War Will Norman
    30. The long 1950s Andrea Carosso
    31. Transnationalism Rachel Trousdale
    Further reading.

  • Editors

    David Bethea, University of Wisconsin, Madison
    David Bethea is emeritus Vilas Research Professor of Slavic�anguages�nd�iterature at the University of Wisconsin, Madison. Apart from several articles on Nabokov his publications include The Superstitious Muse: Thinking Russian Literature Mythopoetically (Selected Essays) (2009); Realizing Metaphors: Alexander Pushkin and the Life of the Poet (1998) and Joseph Brodsky and the Creation of Exile (1994). He is also the editor of The Pushkin Handbook (2006, 2013), Pu kin Today (1993) and an annotated edition of Pushkin's works in Russian.

    Siggy Frank, University of Nottingham
    Siggy Frank is assistant professor in Russian Studies at the University of Nottingham. She is the author of several articles on Nabokov and the monograph Nabokov's Theatrical Imagination (Cambridge, 2012).

    Contributors

    David M. Bethea, Siggy Frank, Brian Boyd, Barbara Wyllie, Lara Delage-Toriel, Julian W. Connolly, Susan Elizabeth Sweeney, Maria Malikova, Gennady Barabtarlo, Beci Carver, Stanislav Shvabrin, John Burt Foster, Jr, Monica Manolescu, Alexander Dolinin, Michael Wood, Duncan White, Michal Oklot, Matthew Walker, Ann Komaromi, Marijeta Bozovic, Nassim Winnie Balestrini, Stephen H. Blackwell, Sergei Davydov, Leonid Livak, Dana Dragunoiu, Olga Voronina, Will Norman, Andrea Carosso, Rachel Trousdale

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