By Will Norman
This booklet argues that the obvious evasion of historical past in Vladimir Nabokov’s fiction conceals a profound engagement with social, and for that reason political, temporalities. whereas Nabokov scholarship has lengthy assumed a similar place as Nabokov himself — that his works exist in a nation of old exceptionalism — this examine restores the content material, context, and remark to Nabokovian time by means of examining his American paintings along the violent upheavals of twentieth-century ideological conflicts in Europe and the U.S.. This approach explores how the author’s attribute temporal manipulations and distortions functionality as a shielding dialectic opposed to heritage, an try and salvage fiction for self reliant aesthetics. Tracing Nabokov’s realizing of the connection among heritage and aesthetics from nineteenth-century Russia via eu modernism to the postwar American academy, the publication deals specified contextualized readings of Nabokov’s significant writings, exploring the tensions, fissures, and screw ups in Nabokov’s makes an attempt to claim aesthetic keep an eye on over historic time. In analyzing his reaction to the increase of totalitarianism, the Holocaust, and chilly warfare, Norman redresses the commonly-expressed admiration for Nabokov’s heroic resistance to historical past by means 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