Chapter 33. Vladimir Nabokov

  1. David Seed Professor
  1. Barbara Wyllie Deputy Editor

Published Online: 5 NOV 2009

DOI: 10.1002/9781444310108.ch33

A Companion to Twentieth-Century United States Fiction

A Companion to Twentieth-Century United States Fiction

How to Cite

Wyllie, B. (2009) Vladimir Nabokov, in A Companion to Twentieth-Century United States Fiction (ed D. Seed), Wiley-Blackwell, Oxford, UK. doi: 10.1002/9781444310108.ch33

Editor Information

  1. University of Liverpool, UK

Author Information

  1. School of Slavonic and East European Studies, University College London, UK

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 5 NOV 2009
  2. Published Print: 16 OCT 2009

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9781405146913

Online ISBN: 9781444310108

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Keywords:

  • Vladimir Nabokov;
  • Nabokov's only demand of the world - allowing him to live and think and create freely;
  • Lolita - first appearance in France, 1955;
  • Lolita's clandestine notoriety - growing exponentially across Europe and Britain;
  • Nabokov - refusing to perceive his state of permanent exile as a negative phenomena;
  • Nabokov's greatest Russian work, The Gift (1937–8);
  • pre-American fiction – demonstrating elements of postmodernism;
  • Lolita, unsurpassed evocation of America - as “lovely, trustful, dreamy, Denormous country”;
  • trickster narrators - closely aligning to principal figures of America's “confidence culture”

Summary

This chapter contains sections titled:

  • References and Further Reading