Soshkin, Evgeny. The Origins of “The Potato Elf”. 2014

Bibliographic title
The Origins of “The Potato Elf”
Periodical or collection
Nabokov Online Journal
Periodical issue
v. 8
Publication year

Evgeny Soshkin’s (The Hebrew University of Jerusalem) article offers an intertextual analysis of Nabokov’s short storyThe Potato Elf” (1924). The author argues that the key subtext which helps to reconstruct the metaplot of this story is Wilhelm Hauff’s The Dwarf Nose (1826). Based on this hypothesis and taking into account a number of presumptive additional subtexts, the author suggests an integrated interpretation of Nabokov’s story.