Abstract

In his Lectures, Nabokov often pinpoints themes and motifs. His lecture on Flaubert's Madame Bovary contains a fine passage on the equine theme. It is therefore hardly surprising that Dolores is abducted from the hospital by "her uncle, Mr. Gustave who called for her with a cocker spaniel pup" (246). But Nabokov's leitmotifs differ essentially from those of other writers—such as Flaubert, Bely, and Joyce—who prominently employ the same device. In the hands of Nabokov the leitmotif becomes a multi-operational tool. Moreover, Nabokov's use of motifs also bears on his theory of rereading, as well as on the way we read his fiction.

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Additional Information

ISSN
1548-9965
Print ISSN
1080-1219
Pages
pp. 133-155
Launched on MUSE
2005-10-13
Open Access
No
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