Refiguring Loss and Exile in <i>Speak, Memory</i>

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:
Refiguring Loss and Exile in Speak, Memory

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This chapter outlines the ambivalences of the imaginary home created by Nabokov in and through his aesthetic language, presenting a reading focused on three areas: the poetics of memory, the text’s family romance and aesthetic language. It studies the dual gestures where the imaginary home narratives emphasises and deflects the losses that keep revisiting the survivor text, and ends with a section on the referentiality in Nabokov’s ‘story of style’ and the link between troubling facticity and aesthetic language.

Keywords: imaginary home; aesthetic language; poetics of memory; family romance; survivor text; referentiality; story of style; facticity

Chapter.  25267 words. 

Subjects: Literary Studies (20th Century onwards)

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