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Nabokov's Art of Memory and European Modernism
John Burt Foster Jr.

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TABLE OF CONTENTS:

Preface and Acknowledgments
Note on Citations
Pt. 1Points of Departure1
1The European Nabokov, the Modernist Moment, and Cultural Biography3
2The Self-Defined Origins of an Artist of Memory24
From Synesthesia to the Two Master Narratives24
Nietzsche, Baudelaire, and the Discourse of Modernity36
3The Rejection of Anticipatory Memory: From Mary to The Defense and Glory (1925-1930)52
Pt. 2Toward France71
4Encountering French Modernism: Kamera Obskura (1931-1932)73
5From the Personal to the Intertextual: Dostoevsky and the Two-Tiered Mnemonic System in Despair (1932-1933)91
6Narrative between Art and Memory: Writing and Rewriting "Mademoiselle O" (1936-1967)110
7Memory Modernism, and the Fictive Autobiographies130
Recollected Emotion in "Spring in Fialta" (1936-1947)131
The Covert Modernism of The Gift (1934-1937)146
Pt. 3In English157
8Cultural Mobility and British Modernism: The Real Life of Sebastian Knight and Bend Sinister (1938-1946)159
9Autobiographical Images: The Shaping of Speak, Memory (1946-1967)178
10The Cultural Self-Consciousness of Speak, Memory203
Epilogue: Proust over T. S. Eliot in Pale Fire (1962)219
Notes233
Index255

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