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Figurations of Exile in Hitchcock and Nabokov

Barbara Straumann


This comparative study of Alfred Hitchcock and Vladimir Nabokov makes an important contribution to cultural analysis by opening up the work of two canonical authors to issues of exile and migration. Questions about the contingencies of history and the rupture of the real are hardly ever brought to bear on their highly self-reflexive texts. This book counters this critical gap by reading real-life exile as the ‘absent cause’ of Alfred Hitchcock’s and Vladimir Nabokov’s brilliant virtuosity. Its ‘cross-mapping’ of the two seemingly disparate authors takes as its point of departure the conditions ... More

Keywords: Alfred Hitchcock, Vladimir Nabokov, exile, migration, irony, language and imagination, Lacan, cultural theory, aesthetic media

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2008 Print ISBN-13: 9780748636464
Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: March 2012 DOI:10.3366/edinburgh/9780748636464.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Barbara Straumann, author