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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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Refiguring Loss and Exile in Speak, Memory

Refiguring Loss and Exile in Speak, Memory

(p.33) Chapter 2 Refiguring Loss and Exile in Speak, Memory
Figurations of Exile in Hitchcock and Nabokov

Barbara Straumann

Edinburgh University Press

This chapter outlines the ambivalences of the imaginary home created by Nabokov in and through his aesthetic language, presenting a reading focused on three areas: the poetics of memory, the text’s family romance and aesthetic language. It studies the dual gestures where the imaginary home narratives emphasises and deflects the losses that keep revisiting the survivor text, and ends with a section on the referentiality in Nabokov’s ‘story of style’ and the link between troubling facticity and aesthetic language.

Keywords:   imaginary home, aesthetic language, poetics of memory, family romance, survivor text, referentiality, story of style, facticity

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