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Nabokov's 'Lolita' and 'Gift': Plot and Event Parallels
Kletckaya Svetlana

PhD in Philology

associate professor at Southern Federal University

344000 Russia, Rostov-on-Don, Bolshaya Sadovaya str., 105

kleckaja@inbox.ru

 

 

Abstract.

The subject of the research is the plot and event parallels that can be found in Nabokov's two novels, Lolita and Gift. According to the author of the article, the intertextual reference of Gift and Lolita is not limited to the episode where a simple variant of Lolita's plot is mentioned in Gift, the last novel Nabokov wrote in Russian. Plot parallels can be also found in details and circumstances of Fedor Godunov'Cherdyntsev becoming close to Zina Mertz in Gift (the episode when Fedor inspected the apartment where Zina lived with her mother and step-father) and the first meeting of Gumbert Gumbert with Lolita when inspecting Charlotte Geiz' house. In her research Kletskaya has used the comparative method as well as elements of the formal and structured analysis methods. Based on the important role of the tragic love story in the creativity of Nabokov as it is traditionally viewed by Russian science, the author of the article carries out a comparative analysis of the aforesaid plots and makes conclusions that cast light on the long history of Nabokov's working on that plot. The researcher also makes a hypothesis about self-quoting of Gift in Lolita. 

Keywords: intertext links, intertext, plot parallels, plot story, plot, Gift, comparative analysis, Lolita, Nabokov, literature of the twentieth century

DOI:

10.25136/2409-8698.2019.2.29418

Article was received:

02-04-2019


Review date:

03-04-2019


Publish date:

18-06-2019


This article written in Russian. You can find full text of article in Russian here .

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