EDNOTE. Mary Bellino is a classisist and esteem Associate Editor of NABOKOV STUDIES.

-------- Original Message --------
From: - Mon Oct 27 09:35:06 2003
X-UIDL: <3F9D1E4F.C19BF2B9@rcn.com>
X-Mozilla-Status: 0011
X-Mozilla-Status2: 00000000
Received: from mail.lsit.ucsb.edu ([]) by fed1mtai02.cox.net (InterMail vM. 201-253-122-130-105-20030824) with ESMTP id <20031027132915.FAE12753.fed1mtai02.cox.net@mail.lsit.ucsb.edu> for <chtodel@cox.net>; Mon, 27 Oct 2003 08:29:15 -0500
Received: by mail.lsit.ucsb.edu (Postfix) id 9AEE1404F33; Mon, 27 Oct 2003 05:29:12 -0800 (PST)
Delivered-To: chtodel@gss.ucsb.edu
Received: from mail.lsit.ucsb.edu (localhost []) by localhost (Postfix) with ESMTP id 77F034052E5 for <CHTODEL@GSS.UCSB.EDU>; Mon, 27 Oct 2003 05:29:12 -0800 (PST)
Received: from ucsbuxa.ucsb.edu (ucsbuxa.ucsb.edu []) by mail.lsit.ucsb.edu (Postfix) with ESMTP id 179EC400865 for <CHTODEL@GSS.UCSB.EDU>; Mon, 27 Oct 2003 05:29:12 -0800 (PST)
Received: from ucsbuxa (listserv.ucsb.edu []) by ucsbuxa.ucsb.edu (8.11.7p1+Sun/8.8.5) with ESMTP id h9RDTA013466 for <CHTODEL@GSS.UCSB.EDU>; Mon, 27 Oct 2003 05:29:10 -0800 (PST)
Received: from smtp03.mrf.mail.rcn.net (smtp03.mrf.mail.rcn.net []) by ucsbuxa.ucsb.edu (8.11.7p1+Sun/8.8.5) with ESMTP id h9RDT9013462 for <NABOKV-L@listserv.ucsb.edu>; Mon, 27 Oct 2003 05:29:09 -0800 (PST)
Received: from 209-150-34-205.s625.tnt1.spfd.ma.dialup.rcn.com ([] helo=rcn.com) by smtp03.mrf.mail.rcn.net with esmtp (Exim 3.35 #4) id 1AE7Qi-0002dD-00 for NABOKV-L@listserv.ucsb.edu; Mon, 27 Oct 2003 08:29:09 -0500
Message-ID: <3F9D1E4F.C19BF2B9@rcn.com>
Date: Mon, 27 Oct 2003 08:32:05 -0500
From: Mary Bellino <iambe@rcn.com>
Reply-To: iambe@rcn.com
X-Mailer: Mozilla 4.51 (Macintosh; I; PPC)
X-Accept-Language: en
MIME-Version: 1.0
To: Vladimir Nabokov Forum <NABOKV-L@listserv.ucsb.edu>
Subject: Re: ADA and Orphic mysteries
References: <3F9C61AD.6000102@cox.net>
Content-Type: text/plain; charset=iso-8859-1
Content-Transfer-Encoding: 8bit

This message was originally submitted by  iambe@RCN.COM to the NABOKV-L list at
LISTSERV.UCSB.EDU. If  you simply  forward it  back to the  list, using  a mail
command that generates "Resent-" fields (ask your local user support or consult
the documentation of your mail program if in doubt), it will be distributed and
the explanations you  are now reading will be removed  automatically. If on the
other hand you edit the contributions you  receive into a digest, you will have
to remove this  paragraph manually. Finally, you should be  able to contact the
author  of this  message by  using  the normal  "reply" function  of your  mail

----------------- Message requiring your approval (43 lines) ------------------
>From Mary Bellino (iambe@rcn.com):

It may not be accurate to say that the Orphic religion (if
indeed there was such a thing apart from the Orphic texts
and itinerant sorcerers) was "opposed to he official
religion of the state as represented by the Olympic gods";
the trend in recent scholarship has been to link Orphism
with the Bacchic and Eleusinian cults, and of course both
Dionysus and Demeter are central to ancient Athenian

There is a large scholarly bibliography on Orphism, and an
even larger unscholarly one (internet sources are
particularly suspect). A good recent survey article is
Robert Parker, "Early Orphism," in _The Greek World_, ed.
Anton Powell (Routledge 1995) 483-510.

Orpheus himself appears in Nabokov's work from time to time
(for example, the statue of Orpheus in "The Return of
Chorb") but generally the allusion is to the
Orpheus-Eurydice story (Ovid Met. 10-11).


> I was wondering why VN´s short-stories are not given a
> special place for discussion.They may bring out certain
> aspects of VN´s cosmological views more clearly than we
> can reach through his longer and more complex novels,
> where we may be torn between following his
> puzzle/mathematical propositions, his anagrammatic word
> games and his magical suspension of scenery creating an
> almost palpable unreality.
> I have no idea why I ended up researching Orphic rites
> yesterday and it amazed me to find a similarity with some
> of VN´s ideas about Terran/Antiterran relationships.
> Orphic religion had apparently been opposed to the
> official religion of the state as represented by the
> Olympic gods and Homeric cosmology. Their emphasis in
> cyclic versus historical time, time and memory also
> stimulated me to research more deeply connections between
> what is being developped in ADA and Orphic and Eleusian
> mysteries.
> Jansy