Vladimir Nabokov

NABOKV-L post 0023338, Wed, 26 Sep 2012 00:46:29 -0300

Re: THOUGHTS re: Pale Fire and Boyd
Daniele Fabbri "Boyd's solution for the "Pale Fire problem" is: "Hazel has reflected her own experience (...) into Kinbote's Zembla, and shaped Zembla in turn as to inspire her father." (Brian Boyd, Nabokov's Pale Fire, page 206) If this is correct, then Nabokov applied to Hazel's ghost the St Thomas Aquinas' theory of authorship...Applying this theory to Biblical inspiration, it would seem that a writer's diverse talents are presupposed and exploited by God." (Alastair Minnis, Medieval Theory of Authorship, page 84)

Jansy Mello: If Nabokov had been familiar with Aquinas's theory of authorship, and applied it in Pale Fire, do you think he'd have altered it, satirically, to allow him to function both as the writer (ghost-writer) and the God (real writer) of his fictional universe?

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