NABOKV-L post 0020950, Thu, 4 Nov 2010 01:28:56 -0200

Re:“Unquencha ble Ru ssia ”, or Forb idden Them es in Nabo kov’s Pros e ...
Sandy Klein: “Unquenchable Russia”, or Forbidden Themes in Nabokov’s Prose...November 2nd, 2010 ... “…What I feel to be the real modern world is the world the artist creates, his own mirage, which becomes a new mir (“world” in Russian) by the very act of his shedding, as it were, the age he lives in” . ... The art of writing is a futile business if it does not imply first of all the art of seeing the world as the potentiality of fiction” ...Nabokov denied a work of art any kind of “truth” aside from artistic one...
S.Klein: : "...Following your conversion to the world of audio literature, turn now to what seems from your letter to be an unfamiliar pursuit: read a novel. One of the most intensely musical novels I have read is Lolita by Vladimir Nabokov. “Lo-lee-ta: the tip of the tongue taking a trip of three steps down the palate to tap, at three, on the teeth. Lo. Lee. Ta.” Nabokov wrote in English with a poetic awareness of the language that few native speakers have ever surpassed, in prose at least. Treat the experience of reading the book as something similar to absorbing a tragic opera."

JM: I'll soon start to believe in book-fairies, or in André Breton's surrealistic theories, which assert that "the real world and the dream world are one and the same," as it was described on the back page of a dismantled poche-edition of Breton's "Les Vases Communicants."
Opening Breton's book at random, I happened on a line about a violet-eyed Russian, named Olga, which he related to Rimbaud's poem "Voyelles" ( "O l'Oméga, rayon violet de Ses Yeux."). And to my delight, I discovered a fresh reference to eye-color and to Havelock Ellis.
Unfortunately Breton didn't mention where in H. Ellis was the report about a research pursued by a certain Urbantschtisch in connection to synesthesia (chromestaesia),audition and the music of words.
Google led me to three titles and links which might be of interest to the Nab-List to add to those mentioned by Brian Moyd in Jean Holabird's book ( Vladimir Nabokov, Alphabet in Color).

1. - THE USE OF COLOR IN LITERATURE A Survey of Research by S Skard - 1946
Proceedings of the American Philosophical Society © 1946 American Philosophical Society.
2. Research Article on Perfect Pitch - Christopher Aruffo -
An experimental attempt to produce artificial chromasthesia by the technique of the conditioned response. Originally published in Journal of Experimental Psychology, 17[3], pages 315-41, 1934
By E. Lowell Kelly
Excerpt: In 1843, Gautier published additional descriptions of persons with tendencies toward chromaesthesia. Of greater significance was his report of being able to produce artificially these false color sensations by the use of the drug, hasheesh. This is particularly interesting since Havelock Ellis records a similar tendency to artificial synaesthesia as one of the effects of the drug, mescal or peyote.Probably the most interesting case study of chromaesthesia reported is that of Nussbaumer...Anyone interested in reading descriptions of such cases can readily locate them by reference to the extensive bibliographies available. That of Mahling contains 550 titles and Argelander gives 466 titles.
Cf. Ellis, Havelock, Mescal: A study of a divine plant, Popular Science Monthly, 1902, 61, 52-71.; Kaiser, H., Assoziation der Worte mit Farben, f. Augenheilkunde, 1882, II, 96.; Krohn, W. O., Pseudo-chromaesthesia or the association of colors with words, letters, and sounds, Mmes. Jour. of Psych., 1892, 5, 20-41. And more...

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