David Lodge


Novelist

Articles de l'auteur


Cycnos | Volume 24 n°1 | Lectures publiques

Nabokov and the Campus Novel

Vladmir Nabokov's Pnin, (1955) is, in one of its many aspects, a very early example of the “campus novel”, written and published before that subgenre of modern literary fiction was identified and named. In Pale Fire (1962) Nabokov returned to the university campus for the principal location of his story. I will try to identify the specific nature of Nabokov's contribution to the evolution of the campus novel and his possible influence on other practitioners of this kind of fiction.

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Cycnos | Volume 12 n°2

What Kind of Fiction did Nabokov Write? A Practitioner’s view

“When Maurice Couturier invited me to participate in a conference entitled Nabokov at the crossroads of Modernism and Postmodernism, I was inevitably reminded of the title essay of one of my books of criticism, The Novelist at the Crossroads. Starting from the work of Robert Scholes and Robert Kellog on the generic history of the novel, I suggested that there were four aesthetic options open to the contemporary novelist: traditional realism, fabulation, the nonfictional novel, and the problematic or metafictional novel.1 Later I wrote a book and several articles applying Roman Jakobson’s distinction between metaphor and meto...”

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