Geoffrey Green

San Francisco State University

Articles de l'auteur

Cycnos | Volume 10 n°1

“Visions of a ‘Perfect Past’: Nabokov, Autobiography, Biography, and Fiction”

“Inspector Gregory: "Is there any other point to which you would wish to draw my attention?"Holmes: "To the curious incident of the dog in the night-time."Inspector Gregory: "The dog did nothing in the night- time."Holmes: "That was the curious incident." Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, "Silver Blaze" Holmes: "I followed you."Sterndale: "I saw no one."Holmes: "That is what you may expect to see when I follow you."Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, "The Devil's Foot" I would like to emphasize a distinction that was highly signi...”

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Cycnos | Volume 12 n°2

Beyond Modernism and Postmodernism: Vladimir Nabokov’s Fiction of Transcendent Perspective

“In his commentary to Pushkin’s Eugene Onegin, Vladimir Nabokov wrote: “I cannot think of any masterpiece the appreciation of which would be enhanced in any degree or manner by the knowledge that it belonged to this or that school” (Nabokov’s Congeries, 281). Nabokov’s point here is surely well taken: posterity thinks first and foremost in terms of talent, in terms of vision, in terms of genius. Only on a secondary basis is it useful to observe the proximate affiliation or affinity (from an historical perspective) that might shed additional insight or illumination on the achievement of the artist. Furthermore, Nabokov advocated that “the nationality...”

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