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Vladimir Nabokov and the Art of Play

Thomas Karshan


In a speech given in December 1925, Vladimir Nabokov declared that ‘everything in the world plays’, including ‘love, nature, the arts, and domestic puns’. Each of Nabokov's novels contains a scene of games: chess, Scrabble, cards, football, croquet, tennis, and boxing, the play of light and the play of thought, the play of language, of forms, and of ideas, children's games, cruel games of exploitation, and erotic play. This book studies this central theme in Nabokov, and the first work apart from Boyd's critical biography to draw in detail on Nabokov's untranslated early essays and poems, only ... More

Keywords: Nabokov, play, modernism, postmodernism, aestheticism, Joyce, aesthetics, Symbolism, Russian émigrés, ludic, Pope

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2011 Print ISBN-13: 9780199603985
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2011 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199603985.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Thomas Karshan, author
Leverhulme Research Fellow, Queen Mary, University of London
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