Vladimir Nabokov | Critical Essay by Simon Stow

This literature criticism consists of approximately 17 pages of analysis & critique of Vladimir Nabokov.
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Critical Essay by Simon Stow

SOURCE: “The Return of Charles Kinbote: Nabokov on Rorty,” in Philosophy and Literature, Vol. 23, No. 1, April, 1999, pp. 65-77.

In the following criticism of philosopher Richard Rorty's reading of Nabokov, Stow argues Rorty is, himself, a Nabokovian type.

In 1996, Vladimir Nabokov, an author who continually claimed that a “work of art has no value whatsoever to society,”1 paradoxically found himself at the center of a debate between Alexander Nehamas and Richard Rorty over the proper “political” interpretation of Pale Fire.2 The background to this dispute—which also involved such luminaries as Martha Nussbaum and Richard Posner3—concerned the extent to which it might plausibly be claimed that immersing oneself in the works of “Great Authors” might serve to make one a better citizen...

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