Lectures on Literature

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I am in debt with Vladimir Nabokov Lectures on Literature of the idea of considering calendar days in narrative as a sort of characters, playing a role both when real or invented. While reading Nabokov, one is invited to oscillate between different kinds of time, weaving one in the other. It's an experience that disorients and enhances perception, making the reader feel as moving in a quite terrestrial landscape. Nevertheless, his lectures on literature makes tangible the structure and the details of many novels, such as a real calendar consulted by Nabokov to place the dance party in Jane Austen's Mansfield Park.

-- Antonella Sbrilli

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