Hello, Frances


I’ve been following your arguments with more interest than the one I felt while watching the Trilling-Nabokov encounter, as also the replies that were elicited by you.

The sentence from RLSK, taken out of the context of a novel, which you chose as an example of “healthy versus passion-love”, struck me as being a representative of something else, though: it’s a statement that departs from the male point of view exclusively – quite fitting for Sebastian, perhaps for Nabokov, too.  


De: Vladimir Nabokov Forum [mailto:NABOKV-L@LISTSERV.UCSB.EDU] Em nome de frances assa
Enviada em: quarta-feira, 10 de setembro de 2014 12:45
Assunto: Re: [NABOKV-L] Nabokov and L. Trilling


I see where Anthony Stadlen is coming from.  Interesting how two people can read the same text in such different ways.  In the paragraph I quoted, I did not view Trilling as using the terms health and pathology in Freudian terms at all.  He certainly didn't say he was relying on Freud, and it seemed to me, in deference to Nabokov's intent, that he was staying away from Freudian interpretation (as much as Trilling could.)  I read the paragraph in the more ordinary usage of the word "health"--as a metaphor, not as a medical pronouncement:  the kind of meaning  Brian Boyd used to describe a good kind of love, versus passion-love.  As Nabokov put it in Sebastian Knight, “Girls of her type do not smash a man’s life—they build it.”

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