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Language − Literature − the Arts: A Cognitive-Semiotic Interface


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Vladimir Nabokov’s Creative Techniques in the Context of General Linguistics (Tetiana Radziievska)


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Tetiana Radziievska

O. O. Potebnya Institute of Linguistics, National Academy of Sciences of Ukraine

Vladimir Nabokov’s Creative Techniques in the Context of General Linguistics

Abstract: This contribution attempts to interpret, from the perspective of General Linguistics, some text-forming techniques in Vladimir Nabokov’s prose, which are used to turn the aesthetically neutral into the aesthetically significant. The study of Nabokov’s literary texts presupposes the differentiation between addressee-oriented devices, which have an enigmatic character, being similar to solving puzzles by using clues or decoding verbal messages, and author-oriented devices, with little concern for the addressee’s interests, which are conditioned by the author’s creative purport. The paper aims to show that some author-oriented devices widely represented in Nabokov’s first two English novels The Real Life of Sebastian Knight (1939) and Bend Sinister (1946) are grounded in the neutralization of opposites. Such neutralization concerns the ‘sign – referent’ and ‘text – metatext’ dyads. Four specific techniques are considered: code-switching, citation, metatextual switch, using parentheses and parenthetical constructions. As a means of creating an additional aesthetic impulse, these devices, like many other aesthetically significant phenomena in Nabokov’s prose, form an artistically relevant borderland space.

1. Introduction

Modern linguistic studies of Vladimir Nabokov’s texts, though scarce, may follow multiple methodological perspectives and traditions of linguistic pragmatics, text linguistics, discourse analysis, general stylistics, phonostylistics, syntactic semantics, etc. An important domain of such studies concerns the inventory of text formation techniques which are characteristic of Nabokov’s verbal...

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