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Verbal attacks on Sigmund Freud pervade Vladimir Nabokov’s letters, lectures, and interviews. Alongside the figural presence of Freud as either a nameless shadow or finely contoured foe, Nabokov’s fiction features extensive parodies of psychoanalytic theory and practice. This paper links Nabokov’s anti-Freudian rhetoric to the popularization of psychoanalysis in the United States after the Second World War. It tracks psychoanalysis’s development in academic and popular culture with special attention to Nabokov’s 1950s novels, revealing how his general claim to be just using the material that happens to be at hand considerably downplays the impact of sociohistorical factors on his writing.

In: Taking Stock – Twenty-Five Years of Comparative Literary Research
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Verbal attacks on Sigmund Freud pervade Vladimir Nabokov’s letters, lectures, and interviews. Alongside the figural presence of Freud as either a nameless shadow or finely contoured foe, Nabokov’s fiction features extensive parodies of psychoanalytic theory and practice. This paper links Nabokov’s anti-Freudian rhetoric to the popularization of psychoanalysis in the United States after the Second World War. It tracks psychoanalysis’s development in academic and popular culture with special attention to Nabokov’s 1950s novels, revealing how his general claim to be just using the material that happens to be at hand considerably downplays the impact of sociohistorical factors on his writing.

In: Taking Stock – Twenty-Five Years of Comparative Literary Research
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The realm of word and music studies in ‘Dylanology’ mostly focuses on the multifaceted presence of literature in Dylan’s life and music, with fictional representations of Bob Dylan belonging to the few topics yet to be explored. While a variety of authors have created literary characters that share Dylan’s name or some of his character traits, the plots discussed in this article revolve around characters directly modeled on Dylan: The Rich Man’s Table (1998) by American novelist Scott Spencer introduces an unacknowledged son desperate to get to know his famous father, Catfish. Ein Bob Dylan Roman (2014) by German journalist Maik Brüggemeyer accompanies a fan traveling to New York City to capture Dylan’s spirit, and Die Köchin von Bob Dylan (2016) by German singer-songwriter Markus Berges follows a young woman who, as a chef, joins Dylan’s tour crew. Since all plots are concerned with the way in which the heroes’ identity is transformed by meeting the fictitious Dylan, the article examines why and how the three novelists address questions of the self through the ever-changing phenomenon that is Bob Dylan.

In: Popular Music and the Poetics of Self in Fiction
In: Popular Music and the Poetics of Self in Fiction
In: Popular Music and the Poetics of Self in Fiction
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Popular Music and the Poetics of Self in Fiction explores the various links between the self and popular music in contemporary fiction. In the novels discussed in this volume, musical references go far beyond creating a tapestry of sound, they make literary characters come alive by giving an account of the physiological and psychological effects of their musical experiences and of their ways of life in different (sub)cultural and social groups. With plots revolving around songs and albums, musicians and bands, and fans and scenes, the thematic focus on the self encompasses the relation of musical taste and identity construction, popular music’s function as a medium of individual and collective memory, and its uses in everyday life across decades, spaces, and genres.
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