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Introduction

Barbara Straumann

in Figurations of Exile in Hitchcock and Nabokov

Published by Edinburgh University Press

Published in print December 2008 | ISBN: 9780748636464
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780748651894 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.3366/edinburgh/9780748636464.003.0001
Introduction

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This introductory chapter compares Alfred Hitchcock and Vladimir Nabokov, the former a filmmaker and the latter a writer. The first section presents a cross-mapping of the two, which focuses on how their narratives and their highly aestheticised languages refigure a certain historicity. The chapter then considers the questions of exile and dislocation, and studies the double perspective on aesthetics and exile that is relevant to a reading of Nabokov and Hitchcock.

Keywords: Alfred Hitchcock; Vladimir Nabokov; cross-mapping; narratives; aestheticised languages; historicity; exile; dislocation; aesthetics

Chapter.  13422 words. 

Subjects: Literary Studies (20th Century onwards)

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