Ort Land JahrYork
), 2013Verlaginformation as material Medium Buch
144 Seiten, 30x22 cm, Auflage: 350, ISBN 978-1-907468-20-9
Broschur mit Klappeinband
The Nabokov Paper is an experiment in novel-reading. The project takes as its starting point a now famous class taught during the 1950s by Vladimir Nabokov at Cornell University / New York State / entitled Literature 311-312: Masters of European Fiction. Nabokov’s approach to teaching literary reading was notoriously idiosyncratic. Convinced that one must teach the books themselves / not ideas or generalities / Nabokov would make diagrams of the floor plans of fictional buildings / map the routes taken by characters through the spaces of the novel / and draw items of clothing or furniture / he would also propose to track the course of a single letter / offer a visual representation of a stylistic device / and uncover what he called the mysteries of literary structures. His methods are striking for the range of gestures they call for in the name of good reading. The published Lectures on Literature (New York: Harcourt / 1980) concludes with an appendix of sample exam questions. Responding to those questions some sixty years after the fact offers a means to explore what Nabokov’s take on how to read might have to teach us today: about the novel / about how reading works across practices and disciplines / and about the past / present and future forms of literary criticism.
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