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Nabokov's Theatrical Imagination (Hardback)

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Hardback 228 Pages / Published: 12/01/2012
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Drawing on a wealth of unpublished archival material, this study offers a comprehensive assessment of the importance of theatrical performance in Vladimir Nabokov's thinking and writing. Siggy Frank provides fresh insights into Nabokov's wider aesthetics and arrives at new readings of his narrative fiction. As well as emphasising the importance of theatrical performance to our understanding of Nabokov's texts, she demonstrates that the theme of theatricality runs through the central concerns of Nabokov's art and life: the nature of fiction, the relationship between the author and his fictional world, textual origin and derivation, authorial control and textual property, literary appropriations and adaptations, and finally the transformation of the writer himself from the Russian emigre writer Sirin to the American novelist Nabokov.

Publisher: Cambridge University Press
ISBN: 9781107015456
Number of pages: 228
Weight: 500 g
Dimensions: 228 x 152 x 16 mm


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'Making exhaustive use of archival sources, Siggy Frank has constructed the most comprehensive study of theatricality in Nabokov's work to date. His plays are brought to life through a detailed exposition of their history and staging, production and reception, which in turn reveals the very particular character of Russian emigre life in the 1920s and 1930s ... Perceptive, original and scrupulously researched, this is a book readers will turn to again and again. Siggy Frank has not only made a major contribution to our knowledge and understanding of theatre in Nabokov's work, but also reinstated drama and theatricality as central artistic elements of his creative world.' Barbara Wyllie, Slavonica
'Siggy Frank has provided a stimulating treatment of theatre and theatricality in Vladimir Nabokov's work, currently an under-studied topic in Nabokov research ... Well-researched and refreshingly provocative, Frank's monograph makes a welcome contribution to Nabokov studies.' Julian W. Connolly, Modern Language Review
'Nabokov's Theatrical Imagination is an admirably concise yet wide-ranging study which is a very welcome addition to the Nabokovian scholarly corpus.' Udith Dematagoda, Slavonic and East European Review

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