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Unpacking Nabokov's Library: Historical Materialism and the Private Collection

Norman, Will (2009) Unpacking Nabokov's Library: Historical Materialism and the Private Collection. In: Patey, Caroline and Scuriatti, Laura, eds. The Exhibit in the Text: The Museological Practices of Literature. Cultural Interactions: Studies in the Relationships Between the Arts . Peter Lang, Oxford, UK, pp. 143-159. ISBN 978-3-03911-377-4. (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 examines the idea of the private collection in the work of Vladimir Nabokov, and in particular in his autobiography Speak, Memory. Using Walter Benjamin's writing on the theory and practice of collecting as a correlative to Nabokov's discussions of book and butterfly collecting, I argue that he uses the collection as an organising principle which compensates for loss to history by producing unique meaning out of a specific nexus among moments in time.

Item Type: Book section
Subjects: 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 11:17 UTC
Last Modified: 29 May 2019 17:16 UTC
Resource URI: https://kar.kent.ac.uk/id/eprint/55177 (The current URI for this page, for reference purposes)
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