Nabokov and the Campus Novel

David Lodge

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Abstract :
Vladmir Nabokov's Pnin, (1955) is, in one of its many aspects, a very early example of the “campus novel”;, written and published before that subgenre of modern literary fiction was identified and named. In Pale Fire (1962) Nabokov returned to the university campus for the principal location of his story. I will try to identify the specific nature of Nabokov's contribution to the evolution of the campus novel and his possible influence on other practitioners of this kind of fiction.
Published : 2008-03-20


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