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1. Straub, Stephanie Marie. A Portrait of the Artist as a Dying Man: Vladimir Nabokov and the Scandal of Posthumous Publication.

Degree: MA, English, 2014, Vanderbilt University

In 2009, the text that would have been Vladimir Nabokov’s final novel, The Original of Laura, was published against the late author’s explicit instructions. Although the controversy surrounding Laura’s publication ostensibly stemmed from this violation of Nabokov’s wishes, objections to the novel’s publication (as voiced in a host of negative reviews) chiefly hinged on the text’s supposed aesthetic shortcomings. In this paper, I offer a reading of both the text itself and the publication controversy in terms of the implied image of the author. Crucially, Laura was not published as a simple transcription of Nabokov’s existing draft, but as a mass-produced manuscript, a series of facsimiles of the original draft, as written in the author’s own hand. I read the manuscript, first, as photographically reproduced traces of the dead, then as an implied portrait of the author. I argue that Laura actively uses the reader’s desire for the late author to construct an image of the dead, but that this portrait also always problematically effaces the existing image of the author. Advisors/Committee Members: Mark Wollaeger (committee member), Jennifer Fay (Committee Chair).

Subjects/Keywords: Posthumous Publication; The Original of Laura; Vladimir Nabokov; Editing

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APA (6th Edition):

Straub, S. M. (2014). A Portrait of the Artist as a Dying Man: Vladimir Nabokov and the Scandal of Posthumous Publication. (Thesis). Vanderbilt University. Retrieved from http://hdl.handle.net/1803/12805

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Chicago Manual of Style (16th Edition):

Straub, Stephanie Marie. “A Portrait of the Artist as a Dying Man: Vladimir Nabokov and the Scandal of Posthumous Publication.” 2014. Thesis, Vanderbilt University. Accessed March 07, 2021. http://hdl.handle.net/1803/12805.

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MLA Handbook (7th Edition):

Straub, Stephanie Marie. “A Portrait of the Artist as a Dying Man: Vladimir Nabokov and the Scandal of Posthumous Publication.” 2014. Web. 07 Mar 2021.

Vancouver:

Straub SM. A Portrait of the Artist as a Dying Man: Vladimir Nabokov and the Scandal of Posthumous Publication. [Internet] [Thesis]. Vanderbilt University; 2014. [cited 2021 Mar 07]. Available from: http://hdl.handle.net/1803/12805.

Note: this citation may be lacking information needed for this citation format:
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Council of Science Editors:

Straub SM. A Portrait of the Artist as a Dying Man: Vladimir Nabokov and the Scandal of Posthumous Publication. [Thesis]. Vanderbilt University; 2014. Available from: http://hdl.handle.net/1803/12805

Note: this citation may be lacking information needed for this citation format:
Not specified: Masters Thesis or Doctoral Dissertation

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