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The Resource Nabokov's Pale fire : the magic of artistic discovery, Brian Boyd

Nabokov's Pale fire : the magic of artistic discovery, Brian Boyd

Label
Nabokov's Pale fire : the magic of artistic discovery
Title
Nabokov's Pale fire
Title remainder
the magic of artistic discovery
Statement of responsibility
Brian Boyd
Creator
Subject
Language
eng
Summary
Pale Fire is regarded by many as Vladimir Nabokov's masterpiece. The novel has been hailed as one of the most striking early examples of postmodernism and has become a famous test case for theories about reading because of the apparent impossibility of deciding between several radically different interpretations. Does the book have two narrators, as it first appears, or one? How much is fantasy and how much is reality? Whose fantasy and whose reality are they? Brian Boyd, Nabokov's biographer and hitherto the foremost proponent of the idea that Pale Fire has one narrator, John Shade, now rejects this position and presents a new and startlingly different solution that will permanently shift the nature of critical debate on the novel. Boyd argues that the book does indeed have two narrators, Shade and Charles Kinbote, but reveals that Kinbote had some strange and highly surprising help in writing his sections. In light of this interpretation, Pale Fire now looks distinctly less postmodern - and more interesting than ever. In presenting his arguments, Boyd shows how Nabokov designed Pale Fire for readers to make surprising discoveries on a first reading and even more surprising discoveries on subsequent readings by following carefully prepared clues within the novel. Boyd leads the reader step-by-step through the book, gradually revealing the profound relationship between Nabokov's ethics, aesthetics, epistemology, and metaphysics. If Nabokov has generously planned the novel to be accessible on a first reading and yet to incorporate successive vistas of surprise, Boyd argues, it is because he thinks a deep generosity lies behind the inexhaustibility, complexity, and mystery of the world. Boyd also shows how Nabokov's interest in discovery springs in part from his work as a scientist and scholar, and draws comparisons between the processes of readerly and scientific discovery
Cataloging source
NZ1
http://library.link/vocab/creatorDate
1952-
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Boyd, Brian
Dewey number
813.54
Illustrations
illustrations
Index
index present
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
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  • Nabokov, Vladimir Vladimirovich
  • Nabokov, Vladimir V
  • Nabokov, Vladimir (1899-1977)
  • Nabokov, Vladimir
  • Nabokov, Vladimir
  • Nabokov, Vladimir
Label
Nabokov's Pale fire : the magic of artistic discovery, Brian Boyd
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Publication
Copyright
Note
  • "Brian Boyd is a Professor of English at the University of Auckland, New Zealand"--Jacket
  • Reprinted as pbk. 2001
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 291-298) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
  • Discovery as Story
  • Transformation
  • From Appalachia to Zembla: A Woman Spurned
  • "Pale Fire": Origins and Ends
  • "A Poem in Four Cantos": Sign and Design
  • From Zembla to Appalachia: The Contrapuntal Theme
  • "Pale Fire," Pale Fire, pale fire: The Spiral Unwinds
  • Poem
  • Pale Fire
  • Antithesis: Rereading
  • In Search of the Story Behind
  • Intrusions of the Real: Shade
  • Excursions from the Real: Kinbote
  • Problems: Shade and Kinbote
  • Synthesis: Re-Rereading
Control code
ocm41211639
Dimensions
24 cm
Extent
xii, 303 pages
Isbn
9780691009599
Lccn
99030682
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
illustrations
Label
Nabokov's Pale fire : the magic of artistic discovery, Brian Boyd
Publication
Copyright
Note
  • "Brian Boyd is a Professor of English at the University of Auckland, New Zealand"--Jacket
  • Reprinted as pbk. 2001
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 291-298) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
  • Discovery as Story
  • Transformation
  • From Appalachia to Zembla: A Woman Spurned
  • "Pale Fire": Origins and Ends
  • "A Poem in Four Cantos": Sign and Design
  • From Zembla to Appalachia: The Contrapuntal Theme
  • "Pale Fire," Pale Fire, pale fire: The Spiral Unwinds
  • Poem
  • Pale Fire
  • Antithesis: Rereading
  • In Search of the Story Behind
  • Intrusions of the Real: Shade
  • Excursions from the Real: Kinbote
  • Problems: Shade and Kinbote
  • Synthesis: Re-Rereading
Control code
ocm41211639
Dimensions
24 cm
Extent
xii, 303 pages
Isbn
9780691009599
Lccn
99030682
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
illustrations

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