NABOKV-L post 0019642, Wed, 17 Mar 2010 11:42:21 -0400

Re: [NABOKOV-L] A List for the List: Steinberg

Wonderful find! But on the cover, don't miss "Ada" right after "Dada"! 2/3 of the way down. Fran

Date: Tue, 16 Mar 2010 23:33:28 -0300
From: jansy@AETERN.US
Subject: [NABOKV-L] [NABOKOV-L] A List for the List: Steinberg

For the first time in my (not very thorough) experience of reading or browsing through Umberto Eco's books, did I come across the name of Nabokov. Cf. Umberto Eco, The Infinity of Lists, from Homer to Joyce, Macklehose Press, London, 2009.

It appears in an illustration, on page 255, which reproduces the cover of "The New Yorker", 18 October 1969, by Saul Steinberg.
It is inserted in Ch.15 "Excess, from Rabelais Onwards."

Writes Eco: "At this point we find ourselves faced with two trends, both present in the history of lists but even more so in modern and post-modern literature. There is a list coherent by excess that nonetheless puts together entities that have some form of kinship among them; and there are lists, which in principle are ot necessarily required to be excessively long, which are an assembly of things deliberately devoid of any apparent reciprocal relationship, so much so that such cases have been referred to as chaotic enumeration..."

In the magazine cover the name Nabokov is found right after Gogol, before Hi Nabor, While-U-Wait, U Turn.

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