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Absent yet Present: On the Paradoxical Nature of Characters in Nabokov’s The Real Life of Sebastian Knight

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dc.contributor.author Marchesini, Irina
dc.date.accessioned 2020-01-12T21:02:06Z
dc.date.available 2020-01-12T21:02:06Z
dc.date.issued 2016
dc.identifier.citation Poljarnyj vestnik: Norwegian Journal of Slavic Studies, vol. 19, 2016, pp. 68–79 en
dc.identifier.uri https://hdl.handle.net/20.500.12528/1241
dc.description.abstract The present research is focused on the theme of absence, an area of inquiry that might seem dominant in the field of Nabokov Studies. The analysis, which concentrates in particular on the key figures of the novel The Real Life of Sebastian Knight (1941), notably the narrator V. and the poet Sebastian Knight, interprets the characters’ construction through the paradigm of absence. Arguably, the construction of characters in The Real Life of Sebastian Knight is paradoxical: absence constitutes their essence at a core level, as it often happens in the context of the self-conscious genre. Moreover, absence plays a key role in characters’ design, linking them to all Nabokovian novels. However, despite their innermost ‘flatness’, to use Edward M. Forster’s terminology, they still appear to be ‘round’, i.e. plausible, mimetic figures. en
dc.language.iso en en
dc.publisher Poljarnyj vestnik en
dc.subject literatura rosyjska pl
dc.subject "The Real Life of Sebastian Knight" en
dc.subject "Prawdziwe życie Sebastiana Knighta" pl
dc.subject literatura amerykańska en
dc.subject Набоков Владимир ru
dc.subject nieobecność pl
dc.subject absence en
dc.subject Russian language en
dc.subject American literature en
dc.subject Nabokov Vladimir en
dc.title Absent yet Present: On the Paradoxical Nature of Characters in Nabokov’s The Real Life of Sebastian Knight en
dc.type Article en


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