Vladimir Nabokov

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VN Bib: Nabokov in Context (Cambridge UP), David M. Bethea,
Siggy Frank, eds.
Vladimir Nabokov in Context (Cambridge UP, 2018). Ed. by David M. Bethea (University of Wisconsin, Madison) and Siggy Frank (University of Nottingham)

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Vladimir Nabokov, bilingual writer of dazzling masterpieces, is a phenomenon that both resists and requires contextualization. This book challenges the myth of Nabokov as a sole genius who worked in isolation from his surroundings, as it seeks to anchor his work firmly within the historical, cultural, intellectual and political contexts of the turbulent twentieth century. Vladimir Nabokov in Context maps the ever-changing sites, people, cultures and ideologies of his itinerant life which shaped the production and reception of his work. Concise and lively essays by leading scholars reveal a complex relationship of mutual influence between Nabokov's work and his environment. Appealing to a wide community of literary scholars this timely companion to Nabokov's writing offers new insights and approaches to one of the most important, and yet most elusive writers of modern literature.

Introduction: contextualizing Nabokov (David M. Bethea and Siggy Frank)

Part I. Identity:

1. Nabokov: a life in contexts I: Russia and emigration (Brian Boyd)

2. Nabokov: a life in contexts II: beyond the emigration (Brian Boyd)

3. Childhood (Barbara Wyllie)

4. Women (Lara Delage-Toriel)

5. Friends and foes (Julian W. Connolly)

6. Academia (Susan Elizabeth Sweeney)

7. Authorial persona (Maria Malikova)

Part II. Places:

8. St Petersburg (Gennady Barabtarlo)

9. Cambridge (Beci Carver)

10. Berlin (Stanislav Shvabrin)

11. Paris (John Burt Foster, Jr.)

12. East to West Coast (Monica Manolescu)

13. Switzerland East to West Coast (Monica Manolescu)

Part III. Literature and Arts:

14. The Russian literary canon (Alexander Dolinin)

15. The Western literary canon (Michael Wood)

16. Publishing: Russian Émigré literature (Siggy Frank)

17. Publishing: American literature (Duncan White)

18. Detective fiction (Michal Oklot and Matthew Walker)

19. Samizdat and Tamizdat (Ann Komaromi)

20. Nabokov's visual imagination (Marijeta Bozovic)

21. Popular culture (Nassim Winnie Balestrini)

Part IV. Ideas and Cultures:

22. Science (Stephen H. Blackwell)

23. Darwinism (David M. Bethea)

24. Psychoanalysis (Michal Oklot and Matthew Walker)

25. Faith (Sergei Davydov)

26. Jewishness as literary device in Nabokov's fiction (Leonid Livak)

27. Liberalism (Dana Dragunoiu)

28. Totalitarianism (Olga Voronina)

29. The Cold War (Will Norman)

30. The long 1950s (Andrea Carosso)

31. Transnationalism (Rachel Trousdale)

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