By Will Norman
This e-book argues that the plain evasion of historical past in Vladimir Nabokov’s fiction conceals a profound engagement with social, and hence political, temporalities. whereas Nabokov scholarship has lengthy assumed an identical place as Nabokov himself — that his works exist in a nation of old exceptionalism — this examine restores the content material, context, and observation to Nabokovian time through interpreting his American paintings along the violent upheavals of twentieth-century ideological conflicts in Europe and the USA. This approach explores how the author’s attribute temporal manipulations and distortions functionality as a protective dialectic opposed to historical past, an try to salvage fiction for self reliant aesthetics. Tracing Nabokov’s knowing of the connection among historical past and aesthetics from nineteenth-century Russia via ecu modernism to the postwar American academy, the e-book deals distinct contextualized readings of Nabokov’s significant writings, exploring the tensions, fissures, and screw ups in Nabokov’s makes an attempt to say aesthetic keep an eye on over ancient time. In examining his reaction to the increase of totalitarianism, the Holocaust, and chilly warfare, Norman redresses the commonly-expressed admiration for Nabokov’s heroic resistance to background by way of suggesting the moral, aesthetic, and political expenditures of studying and writing in its denial. This book offers a rethinking of Nabokov’s situation in literary heritage, the ideological impulses which tell his fiction, and the significance of temporal aesthetics in negotiating the matrices of modernism.
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Nabokov, History and the Texture of Time (Routledge Transnational Perspectives on American Literature) by Will Norman