Vladimir Nabokov | Literature Criticism Critical Essay by Ellen Pifer

This literature criticism consists of approximately 13 pages of analysis & critique of Vladimir Nabokov.
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Critical Essay by Ellen Pifer

SOURCE: “On the Dark Side of Aesthetic Bliss: Nabokov's Humanism,” in Nabokov and the Novel, Harvard University Press, 1980, pp. 158-71.

In the following essay, Pifer argues that frequent critical charges that Nabokov's novels represent the work of an aesthetic disposition devoid of human concern misrepresent the writer and his work.

The shadows cast in Ada's “dark paradise” may begin, somewhat paradoxically, to clarify Nabokov's frequently misconstrued attitudes toward art and the artist. Certainly he grants to his talented narrator, Van Veen, the status of artist; Van raptly experiences states of “aesthetic bliss” and renders them in a verbal medium with all the power and originality of literary genius. At the same time that Van gives impressive form to his imagination and memory, however...

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