Vladimir Nabokov | Critical Essay by Brian Stonehill

This literature criticism consists of approximately 2 pages of analysis & critique of Vladimir Nabokov.
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Critical Essay by Brian Stonehill

As part of his demolition of the then fashionable politico-socio-Marxist readings of Flaubert's Madame Bovary …, Nabokov would tell his students, "let us remember that literature is of no practical value whatsoever, except in the very special case of somebody's wishing to become, of all things, a professor of literature."

No practical value whatsoever: ah yes, Nabokov's cherished fin-de-siécle esthetic of Art-for-Art's-Sake runs, like a string through pearls, right through [his Lectures on Literature]…. "I have tried to make of you good readers," he would say at the conclusion of the course, and to this end he would discourage his students from identifying with the novels' characters; he would dissuade them from seeking in fiction lessons on how to live their lives; and he would defy them to indulge in generalizations. Instead, he sought to focus...

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