Vladimir Nabokov

NABOKV-L post 0024423, Sun, 21 Jul 2013 09:44:04 -0300

Re: QUERY: VN & Phyllis Greenacre: Correction
conjectures related to: ."Phyllis Greenacre was American born and I'm not familiar with the development of psychoanalytic theories in America ...I have nothing of value to add.From VN's commentaries in "Pale Fire," related to Oskar Pfister (who was as as Swiss as Carl Gustav Jung)*, I got the vague impression that Nabokov's readings took place in the early twenties or thirties, or focused mainly on European texts. The field for conjectures, however, is wide open!
and to CK's Cedarn cave notebook: "Alas, I find only two items preserved in my notebook: / By picking the nose in spite of all commands to the contrary, or when a youth is all the time sticking his finger through his buttonhole... the analytic teacher knows that the appetite of the lustful one knows no limit in his phantasies.(Quoted by Prof. C. from Dr. Oskar Pfister, The Psychoanalytical Method, 1917, N.Y., p. 79) The little cap of red velvet in the German version of Little Red Riding Hood is a symbol of menstruation./ (Quoted by Prof. C. from Erich Fromm, The Forgotten Language, 1951, N.Y., p. 240.) /Do those clowns really believe what they teach?":

Jansy Mello: The two quotations, attributed to Prof. C, that Kinbote kept with him in his exile are strangely spaced in time (1917 and 1951) and, although their original sources were carefully preserved, the actual lecture, article or book by Prof. C, from which they were copied, is not presented.
These annotations might have been made, at various times, by Vladimir Nabokov himself and kept in his "shoe-box" of curious informations. In this case, could Prof. C indicate some part of VN's readings of psychoanalytic texts? (Prof. C. as an aspect of the author of PF, I mean).
I tried to find the Swiss(?) "The Psychoanalytical Method" by Oskar Pfister, but I could only reach the American translation and found no further indications about it.
Nabokovs choice ( European Pfister, emigré Frommm) is rather interesting. Are the dates 1917-1951 related and the events they point to subjected to some sort of satire? (Russian revolution and...?).

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