Alexander Dolinin


University of Wisconsin-Madison

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Cycnos | Volume 12 n°2

Caning of Modernist Profaners: Parody in Despair

“Numerous critics have often noted that Despair is the first major work of Nabokov in which the writer resorted to intertextual strategies and stratagems — to literary parody, disguised polemic, cunning play with several superimposed subtexts, and so on. “Behind Despair stands a nexus of allusions so dense, so rich, that progressing through their labyrinth would require another Holmes,” wrote William C. Carroll1 in his pioneering article that pinpointed some very important routes inside this labyrinth leading to Pushkin, Gogol, Turgenev, Dostoevsky, Oscar Wilde, and Conan Doyle. ...”

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