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Arthur Langeveld

’s death at the beginning of the book. As a matter of fact all biographical information on Gogol, complete with such hilarious facts as Gogol’s mother’s belief that her son had invented the steam engine, is purloined, quite often almost verbatim, from Veresayev’s standard work. The same goes for all


Roy Groen

attention to anything but the text of the novel itself. He is interested in the intricate details of the very special worlds of the novels themselves, in their personal style and original methods of craftsmanship, an approach that is rooted in his unshakeable belief in the self-sufficiency of literary


Lara Delage-Toriel

light, evolved partly for financial reasons, but it also evidences the novel’s ever-present appeal and the urgency Nabokov therefore felt in giving it full justice in the English-speaking world. This appeal stems from a number of shared beliefs, among which a common endeavour to give precedence to the


Gerard de Vries

orientation that he misreads several of Brooke’s poems and badly misrepresents what we know of Brooke’s beliefs.’ 43 To be sure, although Nabokov’s lecture fails to be a helpful introduction to Stevenson’s story, there is hardly anything in the present lecture that detracts from the merits of Jekyll and Hyde


Ilse Logie

, precisely because his belief in a ‘true’ meaning is so absolute, he nevertheless succeeds in foregrounding interesting aspects of the work. He tries to scrape off the layers of varnish, free the book from the long shadow cast by that ‘afterlife’ and return to the source. But inevitably he is guilty of


Flora Keersmaekers

therefore derives its largely subjective and personal character from the belief that a text cannot and must not be studied from the exterior, and instead tries to revive and bring to the fore the experience that underlies it. 7 The critic’s ambition can thus be described as follows: Criticism must


Ben Dhooge and Jürgen Pieters

exactly, a reader of literature who shares his strongly held views and beliefs with his students. That is exactly the role Nabokov took up in the lectures on European and Russian literature that he taught between 1941 and 1959, mainly at the universities of Wellesley and Cornell. In these lectures

Irene Zohrab

extracts from Belinsky’s works are cited. The misquotation totally negates the meaning of what Belinsky actually wrote and aligns itself with the interpretation of Belinsky’s beliefs that Dostoevsky gave these a couple of weeks earlier in his Writer’s Diary. 4 Pogodin could not have been aware of