A Rhetoric of Absence. Japanese Motifs in V.V. Nabokov’s Last Novel

Irina Marchesini

Abstract


The concept of absence seems to be crucial in Vladimir Vladimirovič Nabokov’s poetics. Indeed, not only it is thematically present in his novels and poems, but in certain cases it performs a structural function. His last, unfinished work, The Original of Laura (Dying is fun) (2009), makes a perfect case. Reading this novel concentrating on the full-empty opposition interestingly reveals a typical nabokovian strategy, i.e. evoking the full through emptiness and segmentation. Drawing from these premises, this paper focuses on the representation of female body in The Original of Laura, investigating the productivity of rhetorical figures, with particular reference to asyndeton. In this reference frame the role of Japanese aesthetics is discussed.


Keywords


Asyndeton; Absence; Nabokov; Beardsley; Japanese Art; The Original of Laura

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DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.13125/2039-6597/1151

NBN: http://nbn.depositolegale.it/urn%3Anbn%3Ait%3Aunica-17079

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