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The Web of Sense

Patterns of Involution in Selected Works of Virginia Woolf and Vladimir Nabokov

by Irena Ksiezopolska (Author)
©2012 Thesis 247 Pages
Series: New Americanists in Poland, Volume 3

Summary

This book is a comparative study of the early works of Vladimir Nabokov and the fictions of Virginia Woolf. The aim of this study was to establish the applications and implications of involution: how it is used to subtly reformat a text and how it changes the meaning of a work, trapping and reinventing the reader. The work analyses the transgressive use of imagery, symbols, patterns and other textual devices. Studying these «dangerous games» with authors and readers, the book observes involution at work in the very structure of the fictional world, shaping its time, space and matter.

Details

Pages
247
Year
2012
ISBN (PDF)
9783653016680
ISBN (Hardcover)
9783631619551
DOI
10.3726/978-3-653-01668-0
Language
English
Publication date
2012 (July)
Keywords
Modernism Postmodernism Metafiction Author - reader relationship
Published
Frankfurt am Main, Berlin, Bern, Bruxelles, New York, Oxford, Warszawa, Wien, 2012. 247 pp., 3 graphs

Biographical notes

Irena Ksiezopolska (Author)

Irena Ksiezopolska holds a PhD in English Literature from the Institute of English Studies, University of Warsaw. She has written articles on Virginia Woolf, Vladimir Nabokov, Michael Ondaatje and Muriel Spark and teaches at the American Studies Center, University of Warsaw.

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