Thomas Karshan

in Vladimir Nabokov and the Art of Play

Published in print January 2011 | ISBN: 9780199603985
Published online May 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780191725333 | DOI:

Series: Oxford English Monographs


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The introduction begins with Nabokov's claim, in his lecture ‘Play’ of 1925, that ‘everything in the world plays’, and summarises instances and kinds of play in his novels. It sets out the argument of the book and places it in relation to previous Nabokov criticism. It discusses the various meanings of play and the history of the concept of artistic play. It then offers a synopsis of the book.

Keywords: Nabokov; play; Nabokov criticism

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Subjects: Literary Studies (20th Century onwards)

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