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The Real Life of Sebastian Knight and the Modernist Impasse

Norman, Will (2006) The Real Life of Sebastian Knight and the Modernist Impasse. Nabokov Studies, 10 . pp. 67-97. ISSN 1080-1219. E-ISSN 1548-9965. (doi:10.1353/nab.2007.0014) (The full text of this publication is not currently available from this repository. You may be able to access a copy if URLs are provided)

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Abstract

This article takes issue with the notion that Nabokov ignored or repressed the historical in his fiction. It proposes that Nabokov's formal innovation in The Real Life of Sebastian Knight constitutes a complex response to modernity. Through examination of the novel's historical-cultural location, its high modernist intertexts, and its manipulation of various forms of temporality, I demonstrate how Nabokov here engages with "the modernist impasse," a perceived crisis in autonomous, experimental fiction during the 1930s.

Item Type: Article
DOI/Identification number: 10.1353/nab.2007.0014
Subjects: P Language and Literature > PN Literature (General)
P Language and Literature > PN Literature (General) > PN0441 Literary History
Divisions: Faculties > Humanities > School of English
Depositing User: Will Norman
Date Deposited: 28 Apr 2016 09:49 UTC
Last Modified: 29 May 2019 17:16 UTC
Resource URI: https://kar.kent.ac.uk/id/eprint/55173 (The current URI for this page, for reference purposes)
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