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Pale Fire: Nabokov's Ingredients
REES 268
Spring 2019 not offered

We will spend the semester reading Vladimir Nabokov's novel PALE FIRE and the many texts it draws from. The characters in the novel have their own specific frames of reference: the American poet John Shade reads Alexander Pope and Robert Frost, while Charles Kinbote draws from a wide range of documents--the Elder Eddas, King Charles II's memoir of his escape, Boswell's Life of Johnson, etc. In the seminar, we will analyze the novel's conversation among subtext, character, and author through student presentations. Some critics consider Nabokov's novel to be post-modern; our collective analysis of the subtexts will help us examine that idea. Everyone is invited to discover further subtexts to present to the class; we can construct a subtext bank and post it on line. A Nabokov conference on campus towards the end of the semester will be part of the course work.
Credit: 1 Gen Ed Area Dept: HA REES
Course Format: SeminarGrading Mode: Graded
Level: UGRD Prerequisites: None
Fulfills a Major Requirement for: (COL)(REES-MN)(REES-Lang/Lit/C)

Last Updated on JUN-16-2024
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