publication . Article . 2016

Contesting the Unconscious: Frederic W. Myers and Vladimir Nabokov's Speak, Memory: An Autobiography Revisited

Cooper, S. L.;
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  • Published: 01 Jan 2016 Journal: Journal of Modern Literature, volume 39, page 19 (issn: 0022-281X, Copyright policy)
  • Publisher: Indiana University Press
  • Country: United Kingdom
Abstract
As he prepared to write his autobiography, Vladimir Nabokov turned to the work of Victorian investigator of the paranormal, Frederic W. Myers. Myers’s concept of layered selfhood illuminates otherwise obscure connections between Nabokov’s treatment of immortality, family relationships, human evolution and sensory perception. Reading Speak, Memory: An Autobiography Revisited in dialogue with Myers’s ideas points to a close engagement by Nabokov with the debates on the self in time that occurred on the cusp of the twentieth century. It brings to light the subtleties of the autobiography’s critique of Freud and nuances views of the text’s temporal structures as Ber...
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free text keywords: Literature and Literary Theory, Self, Art history, History of ideas, Immortality, media_common.quotation_subject, media_common, Perception, Literature, business.industry, business, Criticism, Biography, Paranormal, Philosophy, Unconscious mind, P
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