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Figurations of Exile in Hitchcock and Nabokov$
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Barbara Straumann

Print publication date: 2008

Print ISBN-13: 9780748636464

Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.3366/edinburgh/9780748636464.001.0001

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(p.1) Chapter 1 Introduction
Figurations of Exile in Hitchcock and Nabokov

Barbara Straumann

Edinburgh University Press

This introductory chapter compares Alfred Hitchcock and Vladimir Nabokov, the former a filmmaker and the latter a writer. The first section presents a cross-mapping of the two, which focuses on how their narratives and their highly aestheticised languages refigure a certain historicity. The chapter then considers the questions of exile and dislocation, and studies the double perspective on aesthetics and exile that is relevant to a reading of Nabokov and Hitchcock.

Keywords:   Alfred Hitchcock, Vladimir Nabokov, cross-mapping, narratives, aestheticised languages, historicity, exile, dislocation, aesthetics

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