NABOKV-L post 0018590, Sat, 19 Sep 2009 20:04:22 -0300

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JM:
A correction: B.Boyd's delivery at the BAL in Rio was enthusiastically received by presiding poet and translator, Ivan Junqueira,and by the audience (in the original posting the name was incorrectly set down).
In the smaller images, instead of Ivan Junqueira, we also see Antonio Carlos Secchin and Claudio Soares , the latter is standing close to Boyd in front of the old building of the "Academia Brasileira de Letras" and a sculpture of Machado.

A query: In an article by Shoshana Felman ( "Literature and Psychoanalysis", Ed. J.Felman. The Johns Hopkins University Press, Baltimore, 1980), I found a sequence of comments about Henry James' story,"The Turn of the Screw" * concerning Edmund Wilson's application of a Freudian point of view.
S.Felman observed that in EW's article, "sexuality, valorized as both the foundation and the guide-post of the critical interpretation, thus takes on the status of an answer to the question of the text," when it pulls "the answer from its hiding place."
The article by Wilson is "The Ambiguity of Henry James" ("The Triple Thinkers", Penguin, 1962).

I always felt that Nabokov's rejection of Freud was too repeated, emotional and emphatic, but I was unable to place his off-key mood.
After leafing through Felman's objections to Wilson's freudianism, it occurred to me that, perhaps, Nabokov might have been acquainted with "Wilson's Freud", beside his own reading experience.This might explain the special "strain" in VN's mockery and rejection of the Viennese...
(btw:I was unable to get hold of Wilson's original article, so my query is based more on "hear-say" than a direct evaluation).



*among his VN strong opinions there is a favorable comment about James' "turns" of a sentence...

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