NABOKV-L post 0002233, Fri, 11 Jul 1997 13:18:30 -0700

VN Bibliography
The collection AUTOTEMATIZACIJA U kNJIZEVNOSTI, edited by Magdalena
Medaric (Zagreb: Zavod za znnost o knjizevnosti, 1996) [ISBN
953-6108-88-7] contains titems of interest to Nabokovians.
Luksic, Irena, "'Slava' Vladimira Nabokova. O funkciji autometaopisa u
ruskoj emigrantskoj poeziji" pp. 221-239.

Vladimir Nabokov's Poem "Fame"
VN is an author oriented toward a text and his text -- toward
another text. His poem "Fame" (1942) shows the main characteristic of
Acmeist poetics, i.e., that one and the same element of a language bears
different meanings, functions, and relations. Particularly emphasized in
the meaning structure of the poem are quotations, reminiscences,
autoquotations, and allusions, presented through the poet's dialogue with
a multi-voiced Someone-Something. Along with the phenomena of citation and
autocitation appears another crucial aspect of Acmeist poetics --
metapoetic commentary, which implies that the author introduces into the
poetic text a level of formal anaysis of the very same text. The effect of
the autometadescription is the result of the identifcation of various
temporal and spatial parameters of a poetic text (the time of reader's
reception). Such a semantic organization of the text is an instrument of
the author's approach to the cultural paradigm with a clearly distinct
historical task in the conditions of infeasible vertical and horizontal
realization of a literary work. The function of metapoetic commentary of
the poem "Fame" is above all an attempt toward contextualization of the
author's entire opus in the position of absolute cultural dislkocation
(emigration)." (239)

Magdalena Medaric, "'Druge Obale' Vladimira Nabokova kao Autometapetski
Tekt. S posebnim obzirom na ulogu igre u njegovu stvaralastvu" pp. 185220

"VN's 'Drugie berega'[Speak, Memory] -- a Metatext of Creativity"

The article examines aspects of VN's autobiography which are
auto-commentaries of his own fate in its status as the Text of Life. Also
emphasized are those aspects of "Drugie berega"'s poetics attesting that
the author considered all of his works a single artistic Text. "Drugie
berega," notwithstanding its documentary nature, set by the genre, must be
also be perceived as a rigorously structured literary work in which an
arabesque of themes and motifs of all of VN's works written prior to 1954
is artfully and intricately interwoven. The article particularly examines
themes and motifs connected with play. VN's autobiography is also a source
of Nabokov's implicit and explicit judgements on the meaning and essence
of art wherein the author of the article devotes special attention to the
issue of the realtions of play and art in VN's world view.