Nabokov: The Mystery of Literary Structures

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Cornell University Press, 1989 - Literary Criticism - 243 pages
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"In each chapter Toker carefully reconstructs a novel for us—those are not mere plot summaries, but mature products of several re-readings—and proceeds to make her way through the novel's numerous patterns, images, themes and motifs in an attempt to show that most of them relate not only to Nabokov's art but also to his heart. Her readings of the novels are invariably sensitive and refreshingly sophisticated, they provide new angles and do not overstate the obvious."—SEEJ
 

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Contents

Introduction i
13
The Quest That Overrides the Goal
21
Without Any Passport
36
King Queen Knave or Lust under the Linden
47
Secret Asymmetries
67
Good Example of How Metaphysics Can Fool You
88
Guinea Pigs and Galley Slaves
107
Nameless Existence Intangible Substance
123
Models of Infinity
142
The Inner Problem
177
Broodings on the Rhetoric of Lolita
198
Conclusion
228
Bibliography of Works Cited
231
Index
239
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