RE: [NABOKV-L]Bisexuality and rabbits in ADA
Jansy <>
2/7/2013 10:20 AM

A.Sklyarenko: "Ada, wearing an unfashionable belted macintosh that he disliked, with her handbag on a strap over one shoulder, had gone to Kaluga for the whole day - officially to try on some clothes, unofficially to consult Dr Krolik's cousin, the gynecologist Seitz (or 'Zayats,' as she transliterated him mentally since it also belonged, as Dr 'Rabbit' did, to the leporine group in Russian pronunciation). (1.37)"


Jansy Mello: Ada seems to be wearing a "garbotosh" ( check "Ada":  "Nothing whatever of all that (yes — Mytilène, petite isle, by Louis Pierre) seemed to apply to Cordula, who wore a ‘garbotosh’ (belted mackintosh) over her terribly unsmart turtle.."). The indication of lesbianism is clear (Greta Garbo), with the additional reference to Pierre Felix Louÿs's "Les Chansons de Bilitis."

Demon, Van and Ada are bisexuals, and perverse ones as well. The connection to hares, rabbits and plants was unclear at first, but.a search-instrument led me to a page with information related to the taboo against eating hares, offering in a link about sexual imagery and Shakespeare, something that might be worth exploring in connection to VN rabbit families and Shakespeare! 


 "...(Leviticus 11:6) to be in fact a taboo against corrupting young boys, since the hare allegedly develops a fresh anus each year of his life. Woodhouse, Democritus. His Dreams (1605) notes that "the Hare is said by Aristotle and Pliny to be one yeere male another fema". Whetsone, in Heywood, Late Lancashire Witches (1634) II.i, refers to Pliny: "Hares are like Hermaphrodites..." It assists the hare's association with whoredom; amd for Valeriano (1602) XIII,128, the myth of the creature's bisexuality derives from the female's habit of often mounting the male. But doubt about leporine masculinity is at odds with Turner's information - Herbal (1568) II.128 - that Satyrion is otherwise known as "whyt hare coddes, or in other more unmanerly speche, hares ballockes' (see dogstones). Lyte's Dodoens (1578)222 curiously supposes that the names 'Hares Balloxe and Goates Cullions' are owed to the plant's 'rank sauour'.[   ] When Cotton, "    "(1684) 13 declares that Bettyland supports only horned beasts, 'except the Hare and the Coney", he envisages a land of cuckolds and whores... " A Dictionary of Sexual Language and Imagery in Shakespearean and ... - Página 645 - Resultado da pesquisa de livros do Google


For those who are unable to open the link I indicated about rabbits, sexual language and Shakespeare here are the necessary data:  "A Dictionary of Sexual Language and Imagery in Shakespearean and Stuart Literature" by Gordon Williams. First published in 1994 by The Athlone Press.
I checked the index and bibliography of  Eric Naiman's authoritative "Nabokov, Perversely" (2010, Cornell University). He quotes Gordon Williams's more recent book (1997) also published by Ahtlone. "A Glossary of Shakespeare's Sexual Language."  I found no reference in Naiman to Williams's earlier book and the "leporine" taboos (in Shakespeare? In Stuart Literature in general? I have no direct access to either) which Vladimir Nabokov may have explored consulting some of the ancient original articles..
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