Discourse in Animal Farm - Essay by Ellie04 91 - Anti Essays

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DISCOURSE AND IDEOLOGY IN NABOKOV’S PROSE “The book will be highly controversial and widely read. I admire its audacity. It may well inaugurate a new era in Nabokov Studies . . . The field needs this book and the arguments it will provoke.” Eric Naiman, University of California, Berkeley “These essays finally quash the naive view that Nabokov’s writings – especially Lolita, Pale Fire and the bewitching short stories – are free ideological zones, neutral and vacant. Students of the Nabokovian text, as well as Russian literature in the twentieth century, will want to consult this anthology before they ponder their next Nabokovian tactic.” George Sebastian Rousseau, Oxford, England The prose writings of Vladimir Nabokov form one of the most intriguing oeuvres of the twentieth century. His novels, which include Despair, Lolita and Pale Fire, have been celebrated for their stylistic artistry, their formal complexity, and their unique treatment of themes of memory, exile, loss, and desire. This collection of essays offers readings of several novels as well as discussions of Nabokov’s exchange of views about literature with Edmund Wilson, and his place in 1960s and contemporary popular culture. The volume brings together a diverse group of Nabokovian readers, of widely divergent scholarly backgrounds, interests, and approaches. Together they shift the focus from the manipulative games of author and text to the restless and sometimes resistant reader, and suggest new ways of enjoying these endlessly fascinating texts. David H. J. Larmour is Professor of Classics and Comparative Literature at Texas Tech University. He co-edited Russian Literature and the Classics (1996) and since 1997 has been one of the editors of the journal INTERTEXTS. CONTRIBUTORS Galya Diment is Professor in the Department of Slavic Languages and Literatures, University of Washington. She is

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