- "Just as it was, or perhaps a little more perfect": Notes on Nabokov's Sources
- Nabokov Studies
- International Vladimir Nabokov Society and Davidson College
- Volume 7, 2002/2003
- p. pp. 13-32
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Juxtaposing the opening of The Gift's second chapter with Speak, Memory's account of Nabokov's first poem and Lolita's couch scene reveals a surprising set of similarities. A preliminary study of these common points leads to some intriguing linkages and contradictions among Nabokov's roles as writer of fiction, autobiography, self-parody, and criticism. It also provides a new data set to be examined in light of the currently dominant critical paradigm, revises Nabokov's relations to other artists, and may even lead to consequences for his aesthetic theory.