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Anatomy of a Short Story: Nabokov's Puzzles, Codes, "Signs and Symbols"

Editat de Professor Yuri Leving
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Since its first publication in 1948, one of Vladimir Nabokov's shortest short stories, "Signs and Symbols," has generated perhaps more interpretations and critical appraisal than any other that he wrote. It has been called "one of the greatest short stories ever written" and "a triumph of economy and force, minute realism and shimmering mystery" (Brian Boyd, Vladimir Nabokov: The American Years). Anatomy of a Short Story contains: . the full text of "Signs and Symbols," line numbered and referenced throughout . correspondence about the story, most of it never before published, between Nabokov and the editor of The New Yorker, where the story was first published. 33 essays of literary criticism, bringing together classic essays and new interpretations. a round-table discussion in which a screenwriter, a theater scholar, a mathematician, a psychiatrist, and a literary scholar bring their perspectives to bear on "Signs and Symbols" Anatomy of a Short Story illuminates the ways in which we interpret fiction, and the short story in particular.
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Specificații

ISBN-13: 9781441142634
ISBN-10: 1441142630
Pagini: 432
Ilustrații: 6 illus
Dimensiuni: 138 x 216 x 25 mm
Greutate: 0.5 kg
Ediția: New.
Editura: Bloomsbury Publishing
Colecția Continuum
Locul publicării: New York, United States

Caracteristici

Will introduce and investigate the complexity and the intellectual beauty of Nabokov's writing style

Notă biografică

Yuri Leving is Professor and Chair in the Department of Russian Studies, Dalhousie University, Canada. He is the author of three books, including Train Station - Garage - Hangar. Vladimir Nabokov and the Poetics of Russian Urbanism (2004) and Keys to The Gift. A Guide to V. Nabokov's Novel (2011), and has also co-edited three volumes, including Empire N: Nabokov and His Heirs (2006) and Goalkeeper: The Nabokov Almanac (2010). Leving has published over seventy scholarly articles on various aspects of Russian and comparative literature. He served as a commentator on the first authorized Russian edition of The Collected Works of Vladimir Nabokov in five volumes (1999-2001), and was the curator for the exhibition "Nabokov's Lolita: 1955-2005" in Washington, D.C., which celebrated the 50th anniversary of the publication of Lolita.

Cuprins

Contributors
Acknowledgments

INTRODUCTION
 
Breaking the Code: Nabokov and the Art of Short Fiction
Yuri Leving

A PRIMARY TEXT:

Heart


"Signs and Symbols"
Vladimir Nabokov

FORUM: High pressure

Psychosis, Performance, Schizophrenia, Literature
Hal Ackerman, Murray Biggs, John Crossley, Wayne Goodman, Yuri Leving, and Frederick White
 
CRITICISM

PART ONE:
Bone Structure

Frameworks

Vladimir Nabokov's Correspondence with The New Yorker regarding "Signs and Symbols," 1946-1948
Olga Voronina

Lost in Revision: The Editing of "Signs and Symbols" for The New Yorker
John Morris

Consulting the Oracle
Michael Wood

PART TWO: Vascular System

Signs

Arbitrary Signs and Symbols
Alexander N. Drescher

The Patterns of Doom
Brian Quinn

Ways of Knowing in "Signs and Symbols"
Terry J. Martin

A Funny Thing about "Signs and Symbols"
John B. Lane

Names
Yuri Leving

PART THREE: Muscles of the Story

Objects

Five Known Jars
Carol M. Dole

Five Missing Jars
Gennady Barabtarlo

The Last Jar
Joanna Trzeciak

Trees and Birds
Larry R. Andrews

Photographs
Maria-Ruxanda Bontila

Cards
Pekka Tammi

Telephone
Andrés Romero Jódar

PART FOUR: Nervous system

The Importance of Reader Response
Paul J. Rosenzweig

The Jewish Quest
Yuri Leving

Symbols

Signs of Reference, Symbols of Design
Geoffrey Green

Sacred Dangers: Nabokov's Distorted Reflection
David Field

Numbers

The Mysticism of Circle
Mary Tookey

The Semiotics of Zero
Meghan Vicks
 
PART FIVE: Dissection

Web of Contexts

"Signs and Symbols" in and out of Contexts
Leona Toker

"Breaking the News" and "Signs and Symbols": Silentology
Joanna Trzeciak

Pnin and "Signs and Symbols": Narrative Entrapment
David H. Richter

Pnin and "Signs and Symbols": Narrative Strategies
William Carroll

Pale Fire and "Signs and Symbols"
Vladimir Mylnikov
 
PART SIX: DNA Testing

Cracking the Code


The Signs and Symbols in Nabokov's "Signs and Symbols"
Alexander Dolinin

The Castling Problem in "Signs and Symbols"
Yuri Leving

Reading Madly
Irving Malin

Deciphering "Signs and Symbols"
Larry R. Andrews

Decoding "Signs and Symbols"
John V. Hagopian

The Referential Mania: An Attempt of the Deconstructivist Reading
Álvaro Garrido Moreno

A Referential Reading of Nabokov's "Signs and Symbols"
Charles W. Mignon

An Afterword
John Banville

Alternative Tables of Contents
Chronological Key
Alphabetical Key
Credits
Bibliography
Index
 
 

Recenzii

"Signs or symbols, satire or realism, closure or no closure, soluble or insoluble riddle? Responding to the challenge presented by this enigmatic short story, aware that Nabokov did not believe in what he called 'the symbolism racket', the contributors to this excellent collection of articles have mobilized a wide spectrum of hermeneutics. Convinced, with John V. Hagopian, that 'no legitimate artist produces randomness', they gamely attempted to quiz the author's elusive figure, developing a brand of creative paranoia, yet never claiming, except in one case (Dolinin), to play the part of the oracle. The result is a challenging exercise of 'Practical Criticism' which touches upon the bone and structure of Nabokov's work." -- Maurice Couturier, Professor Emeritus, University of Nice, France, writer and translator, editor-in-chief of the Pléiade edtion of Nabokov's novels.
The critical anthology is called "Anatomy of a Short Story" not accidentally. What we have here is not a marauding or exhuming of a senseless body, but a study of a living artistic organism. Collective dissection presupposes using various methods, diversified optics and descriptive procedures. Yuri Leving's own array of scholarly interests turns "Anatomy" from a potentially dull registrar's compendium into a collection of peculiar and often unexpected utterances about Nabokov's text. This book will prove handy to anyone interested both in Nabokov as well as in studying literary texts in general.
Leving's collection is a huge achievement, and its scope is impressive, with thirty articles in total, mostly previously published, spanning over thirty years of scholarship. This is the book's foremost triumph and as such positions itself alongside the Garland Companion to Vladimir Nabokov, is a must for anyone interested in Nabokov's story and, more generally, the historical progression of Nabokov studies.
Following the success of his Keys to the Gift: A Guide to Vladimir Nabokov's Novel (Boston, MA, 2011) Leving's latest foray into Nabokov studies comes at a crucial moment in the field. Little has been published on Nabokov in recent years that matches the powerhouse of scholarship of the past; maybe the time is right to address where we are with Nabokov and, potentially, where we are going. In this regard Leving's collection is a huge achievement, and its scope is impressive, with thirty articles in total, mostly previously published, spanning over thirty years of scholarship. This is the book's foremost triumph and as such positions itself alongside the Garland Companion to Vladimir Nabokov (New York, 1995), is a must for anyone interested in Nabokov's story and, more generally, the historical progression of Nabokov studies.