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Vladimir Nabokov et la France

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IV. Nabokov et la pensée française

Blessing the Freak. Nabokov contra Bergson

Paul Grant

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Nabokov’s fondness for the work of French philosopher Henri Bergson is a matter of record: in an interview conducted in 1964 he called Bergson one of his “top favorites” during his period of European exile, and a continued source of interest (Strong Opinions, 43). Perhaps as a consequence of this confession, several critics have attempted to establish influence and/or trace correspondences between the two writers.1 Most of these links have been based on Bergson’s theories concerning time, consciousness, and evolution, but a few critics have also studied Nabokov’s fiction in relation to Bergson’s famous essay on the comic, Le Rire [Laughter] (1900), despite the fact that Nabokov, to my knowledge, made no mention, publically or privately, of having read this essay.2 Almost all of these critics find an ideological kinship with respect to Bergson’s and Nabokov’s views on laughter. I’ve also drawn parallels between the two writers in my published and unpublished work on Nabokov’s humour,...

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Maître de conférences au département d’anglais de Memorial University, à Newfoundland. Ses recherches portent principalement sur l’humour dans les œuvres de Vladimir Nabokov, Raymond Carver et Flannery O’Connor. Parmi ses projets de publication figurent une monographie, Mind and Matter : The Humour of Vladimir Nabokov, ainsi qu’un ouvrage co-écrit avec Brian Boyd, Lolita : A Biography.

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