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Title Nabokov's women : the silent sisterhood of textual nomads / edited by Elena Rakhimova-Sommers
Published Lanham : Lexington Books, [2017]
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Description 1 online resource (xxxi, 242 pages)
Contents Via Dolores: The passage of the feminie as contraband in Nabokav's fiction / Sofia Ahlberg -- Queen sacrifice: The feminine figure of power and Nabokav's strategy of loss / Alisa Zhulina -- A small mad hope: Pale Fire, Hazel, and Oedipal Disaster / Matthew Roth -- Nabokov's mermaid: "Spring in Fialta" / Elena Rakhimova-Sommers -- Jealousy guarded secrets: Nabokov's women and the vicissitudes of desire / David Rampton -- The text(ure) of desire: The garments and ornaments of Nabokov's maidens / Marie Bouchet -- Reading the Woman on the Train / David H. J. Larmour -- Hearing the female voice in Vladimir Nabokov's fiction / Julian W. Connolly -- "The Fascination of pebbles" : fictional lives of Vera Nabokov / Olga Voronima -- Nabokov in an evening gown / Susan Elizabeth Sweeney -- Speak, mademoiselle: Nabokov's authorial posture revisited / Lara Delage-Toriel
Summary "Nabokov's Women: The Silent Sisterhood of Textual Nomads is the first book-length study to focus on Nabokov's relationship with his heroines. Essays by distinguished Nabokov scholars explore the multilayered and nomadic nature of Nabokov's women: their voice and voicelessness, their absentness, the paradigm of power and sacrifice within which they are situated, the paradox of their unattainability, their complex relationship with textual borders, the travel narrative, with the author himself. By design, Nabokov's woman is often assigned a short-term tourist visa with a firm expiration date. Her departure is facilitated by death or involuntary absence, which watermarks her into the male protagonist's narrative, granting him an artistic release or a gift of self-understanding. When she leaves the stage, her portrait remains ambiguous. She can be powerfully enigmatic, but not self-actualized enough to be dynamic or, for even where the terms of her existence are deeply considered or her image beheld reverently, her recognition seems to be limited to the "Works Cited" register of the male narrator's personal life. As a result, Nabokov's texts often feature a nomadic woman who seems to live without a narratorial homeland, papers of her own, or storytelling privileges. This volume explores the "residency status" of Nabokov's silent nomads--his fleeting lovers, witches, muses, mermaids, and nymphets. As Nabokov scholars analyze the power dynamic of the writer's narrative of male desire, they ponder--are these female characters directionless wanderers or covert operatives in the terrain of Nabokov's text? Whereas each essay addresses a different aspect of Nabokov's artistic relationship with the feminine, together they explore the politics of representation, authorization, and voicelessness. This collection offers new ways of reading and teaching Nabokov and is poised to appeal to a wide range of student and scholarly audiences" -- Publisher website; accessed Dec. 7, 2017:
This volume studies the enigmatic but silent heroines Nabokov brings to the page. Chapter 4, ""Nabokov's Mermaid: 'Spring in Fialta'"" by Elena Rakhimova-Sommers, is not available in the ebook format due to digital rights restrictions. You can find the earlier version of the chapter in the journal Nabokov Studies
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index
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Subject Nabokov, Vladimir Vladimirovich, 1899-1977 -- Criticism and interpretation
Nabokov, Vladimir Vladimirovich, 1899-1977.
Women in literature.
LITERARY CRITICISM -- Russian & Former Soviet Union.
Women in literature.
Genre/Form Criticism, interpretation, etc.
Form Electronic book
Author Rakhimova-Sommers, Elena, editor.
LC no. 2021677679
ISBN 1498503314