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On an unhappy marriage, Henry James and atoms : Vladimir Nabokov reading (on) Anton Chekhov

Ben Dhooge (UGent)
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Nabokov’s lecture on Anton Chekhov stands out for its numerous citations from Korney Chukovsky’s 1947 article ‘Friend Chekhov.’ At the same time, however, the lecture contains many more references to other critics, as well – some of them explicit, though not necessarily clear, others more concealed. In an attempt to trace the sources Nabokov used when drafting his Chekhov lecture, the article offers a concrete view of Nabokov’s critical laboratory. Additionally, the article sheds light on his relation to other critics and critical movements, more specifically with respect to the competing ‘tendencies’ at work in the canonization of Chekhov’s oeuvre during the interwar period: Russian émigré, Soviet, and Anglo-American.
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Nabokov, Chekhov, Russian emigration, Critics, Criticism, Critical Laboratory, Canonization, Soviet, Anglo-American, Gerhardi, Lectures on Literature, Russian Literature, Cerise

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Dhooge, Ben. 2018. “On an Unhappy Marriage, Henry James and Atoms : Vladimir Nabokov Reading (on) Anton Chekhov.” In Portraits of the Artist as Reader and Teacher : Vladimir Nabokov’s Lectures on Literature, ed. Ben Dhooge and Jurgen Pieters, 135–163. Leiden, Boston: Brill Academic Publishers.
APA
Dhooge, Ben. (2018). On an unhappy marriage, Henry James and atoms : Vladimir Nabokov reading (on) Anton Chekhov. In Ben Dhooge & J. Pieters (Eds.), Portraits of the Artist as Reader and Teacher : Vladimir Nabokov’s Lectures on Literature (pp. 135–163). Leiden, Boston: Brill Academic Publishers.
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Dhooge B. On an unhappy marriage, Henry James and atoms : Vladimir Nabokov reading (on) Anton Chekhov. In: Dhooge B, Pieters J, editors. Portraits of the Artist as Reader and Teacher : Vladimir Nabokov’s Lectures on Literature. Leiden, Boston: Brill Academic Publishers; 2018. p. 135–63.
MLA
Dhooge, Ben. “On an Unhappy Marriage, Henry James and Atoms : Vladimir Nabokov Reading (on) Anton Chekhov.” Portraits of the Artist as Reader and Teacher : Vladimir Nabokov’s Lectures on Literature. Ed. Ben Dhooge & Jurgen Pieters. Leiden, Boston: Brill Academic Publishers, 2018. 135–163. Print.
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  author       = {Dhooge, Ben},
  booktitle    = {Portraits of the Artist as Reader and Teacher : Vladimir Nabokov’s Lectures on Literature},
  editor       = {Dhooge, Ben and Pieters, Jurgen},
  isbn         = {9789004352865},
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  language     = {eng},
  pages        = {135--163},
  publisher    = {Brill Academic Publishers},
  series       = {Studies in Slavic Literature and Poetics},
  title        = {On an unhappy marriage, Henry James and atoms : Vladimir Nabokov reading (on) Anton Chekhov},
  year         = {2018},
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