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Drawing on a wealth of unpublished archival material, this study offers a comprehensive assessment of the importance of theatrical performance in Vladimir Nabokov's thinking and writing. Siggy Frank provides fresh insights into Nabokov's wider aesthetics and arrives at new readings of his narrative fiction. As well as emphasizing the importance of theatrical performance to our understanding of Nabokov's texts, she demonstrates that the theme of theatricality runs through the central concerns of Nabokov's art and life: the nature of fiction, the relationship between the author and his fictional world, textual origin and derivation, authorial control and textual property, literary appropriations and adaptations, and finally the transformation of the writer himself from the Russian émigré writer Sirin to the American novelist Nabokov.Read more
- Offers a new view of Nabokov as playwright and novelist
- Draws on a wealth of unpublished archival material
- Provides essential but little-known historical and cultural background of the Russian émigré community in the interwar period and Russian theatre history
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"Ultimately, Nabokov’s Theatrical Imagination is an admirably concise yet wide-ranging study which is a very welcome addition to the Nabokovian scholarly corpus." --Slavonic and East European Review
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- Date Published: January 2015
- format: Paperback
- isbn: 9781107479791
- length: 228 pages
- dimensions: 230 x 152 x 18 mm
- weight: 0.34kg
- contains: 1 b/w illus.
- availability: Available
Table of Contents
1. Trying theatre: Nabokov's playwriting
2. Theatre on trial: Nabokov's dramaturgy
3. Thresholds and transgressions: The Man from the USSR, The Event and Invitation to a Beheading
4. Theatre dreams: The Tragedy of Mr Morn, The Waltz Invention and Invitation to a Beheading
5. Puppets and masks: King, Queen, Knave and Despair
6. Shakespeare's Ghost: The Real Life of Sebastian Knight, 'That in Aleppo Once…' and Bend Sinister
Conclusion: performing identity
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