Vladimir Nabokov

NABOKV-L post 0013557, Thu, 12 Oct 2006 10:16:08 EDT

Re: Delusions and Luna moths

In a message dated 11/10/2006 19:42:46 GMT Standard Time,
chaiselongue@EARTHLINK.NET writes:

I don't recall any references to Freud in Pale Fire (do you?) but there are
references to hypnosis.

Dear Carolyn,

Surely you know lines 924-929, which VN claims to be quoting from memory in
an interview in SO. (You look it up this time!)

I loathe [...] (924)
Brutes, bores, class-conscious Philistines, Freud, Marx, (929)
Fake thinkers, puffed-up poets, frauds and sharks. (930)

In the interview VN gives this as an example of when he has attributed his
own views to a character, in this case Shade.

And see Kinbote's commentary on line 929, headed "Freud". This is the only
line, indeed the only word, Kinbote comments on in this passage. He gives
hilarious examples of psychoanalytic scripture. One imagines this is a rare
instance where VN has attributed his own views to Kinbote also.



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