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Nabokov and play

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In December 1925, Vladimir Nabokov said that "everything in the world plays" and that "everything good in life - love, nature, the arts and domestic puns - is play." This thesis argues that, after December 1925, play was Nabokov's leading idea. Previous critics have spoken of Nabokov as a playful writer but have not drawn on the untranslated early Russian texts; have rarely discussed the actual games depicted in his novels; and have been vague on what it means to call Nabokov a playful wr...

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Christ Church (University of Oxford)
Department:
Faculty of English Language and Literature

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Publication date:
2007
Type of award:
DPhil
Level of award:
Doctoral
Awarding institution:
University of Oxford
Barcode:
602450646
URN:
uuid:5199c291-44e3-4cd7-a146-4226ec837e11
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td:602450646
Language:
English
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