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Vladimir Nabokov et la France

Yannicke Chupin
Agnès Edel-Roy
Monica Manolescu
et al.

II. Intertextes français

Alfred de Musset, Vladimir Nabokov: The Invention of Exile

Stanislav Shvabrin

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The subject of Vladimir Nabokov’s relationship with and attitude toward Alfred de Musset (1810-1857) has attracted considerable scholarly attention. By drawing on existing scholarship, familiar evocations of Musset in Nabokov’s writing, and hitherto unknown instances of Nabokov’s engagement with Musset, I seek to expand our knowledge of the Nabokov/Musset nexus. An attentive, receptive and sympathetic reader of Musset since his early youth onward as well as the poet’s Russian translator and re-translator, Nabokov, in “Mademoiselle O,” mentions him in a rather disparaging context, yet a closer reading of this and other relevant texts reveals Nabokov to have been dependent on Musset for articulation of some pertinent notions relating to his own stance as writer and thinker.

What was the raison d’être of the original, French, version of “Mademoiselle O” (1936)? This detailed, vividly drawn verbal portrait of the memoirist’s Swiss governess is as much an exercise in autobiographical intr...


Étudie et enseigne l’histoire et la culture des diasporas russes, la théorie de la versification comparée, la poétique et la politique de la mémoire nationale, la traductologie. Outre ses recherches et son travail éditorial sur Vladimir Nabokov, il a publié des études sur Georgy Ivanov, Andrei Kurbsky, Mikhail Kuzmin et Marina Tsvetaeva. Shvabrin est Edith Lewis Bernstein Fellow à l’Institute for the Arts and Humanities de l’Université de Caroline du Nord, à Chapel Hill. Il enseigne au sein du département des Langues et Littératures germaniques et slaves.

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