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Vladimir Nabokov and the art of play, Thomas Karshan

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Vladimir Nabokov and the art of play
Title
Vladimir Nabokov and the art of play
Statement of responsibility
Thomas Karshan
Creator
Subject
Language
eng
Summary
In a speech given in December 1925, Vladimir Nabokov declared that 'everything in the world plays', including 'love, nature, the arts, and domestic puns.' All of Nabokov's novels contain scenes of games: chess, scrabble, cards, football, croquet, tennis, and boxing, the play of light and the play of thought, the play of language, of forms, and of ideas, children's games, cruel games of exploitation, and erotic play. Thomas Karshan argues that play is Nabokov's signature theme, and that Nabokov's novels form one of the most sophisticated treatments of play ever achieved. He traces the idea of art as play back to German aesthetics, and shows how Nabokov's aesthetic outlook was formed by various Russian émigré writers who espoused those aesthetics. Karshan then follows Nabokov's exploration of play as subject and style through his whole oeuvre, outlining the relation of play to other important themes such as faith, make-believe, violence, freedom, order, work, Marxism, desire, childhood, art, and scholarship
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ERASA
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Karshan, Thomas
Index
index present
LC call number
PG3476.N3
LC item number
Z733 2011
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
Series statement
Oxford English monographs
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Nabokov, Vladimir Vladimirovich
  • Play in literature
Label
Vladimir Nabokov and the art of play, Thomas Karshan
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Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (p. [242]-264) and index
Dimensions
23 cm.
Extent
xi, 269 p.
Isbn
9780199603985
System control number
  • 3815791-01okla_normanlaw
  • (SIRSI)3815791
  • (Sirsi) o669124502
  • (OCoLC)669124502
Label
Vladimir Nabokov and the art of play, Thomas Karshan
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (p. [242]-264) and index
Dimensions
23 cm.
Extent
xi, 269 p.
Isbn
9780199603985
System control number
  • 3815791-01okla_normanlaw
  • (SIRSI)3815791
  • (Sirsi) o669124502
  • (OCoLC)669124502

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