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From: "Phillip Iannarelli" <iann88us@yahoo.com>
To: "Vladimir Nabokov Forum" <NABOKV-L@LISTSERV.UCSB.EDU>
Sent: Thursday, December 19, 2002 6:23 AM
Subject: Re: Query: V.N.& Eliot - & Hockney


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> Hi,
> Funny you mentioned Hockney. I once submitted to the
> N-List an item about the scene in Pnin when VN
> descibes scenery reflected in the body of an
> automobile, how it's all broken up. I was reminded of
> Hockney's photo montages of pieces of photos
> recombined to make the object whole.
>
> Phil Iannarelli, Cleveland, Ohio
> You know the line of VN about T.S. Eliot:"The Wally
> Simpson of American Literature." Hilarious and bitchy.
> sounds like Gore Vidal.

> > ----- Original Message -----
> > From: Ole Nyegaard
> > To: Vladimir Nabokov Forum
> > Sent: Tuesday, December 17, 2002 11:26 PM
> > Subject: V.N.& Eliot - & Hockney
> >
> >
> > I'm a graduate student at the University of Aarhus
> > engaged in an ongoing project on Nabokov (and as far
> > as I know no one else at my University, perhaps even
> > in Denmark, seems to be doing anything on the
> > subject, but I may be wrong). At the moment I'm
> > writing an essay debating Nabokov's reasons for
> > ridiculing T.S. Eliot - particularly in Lolita part
> > 2 ch.35. Comments are welcome.
> > In order to contrast the two writers I am comparing
> > scenes from The Gift with bits and pieces from The
> > Waste Land, and Preludes, arguing that Eliot sees
> > the "masses" as threatening and dehumanised, while
> > Nabokov describes the crowd through Fyodor's
> > perception of it - in tramcars and around the lake
> > in Grünenwald. Nabokov's focus is not on the
> > "masses" (a concept very much on the mind of
> > modernists as Eliot & Co., cf. John Carey's The
> > Intellectuals and the Masses: Pride and Prejudice
> > among the Literary Intelligentsia, 1880-1939. New
> > York: St. Martin's Press, 1993), but on the
> > individual's perception, which made me think of
> > David Hockney:
> >
> > Did V.N. ever comment upon the paintings of David
> > Hockney?
> >
> > In my view both artists focus on the perceptual
> > process, cf. Hockney's words regarding his paintings
> > of Grand Canyon: "This is not a picture of Grand
> > Canyon. This is a picture of looking at Grand
> > Canyon" (the quote is from the material of the
> > exhibition "David Hockney 1960-2000" in the art
> > museum Louisiana in Denmark 2001). By the way
> > Hockney once made a picture based on Lolita - well,
> > the correct description, probably, would be a
> > collage of photographs, mounted in order to show
> > several angles of vision simultaneously.
> >
> > Best Wishes
> >
> > Ole Nyegaard. Aarhus, Denmark.
> >
>
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