Vladimir Nabokov, A Bibliography of Criticism
by Dieter E. Zimmer
with additions by Jeff Edmunds

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Andrews, Larry R. "Deciphering 'Signs and Symbols'." In Rivers, Julius Edwin and Charles Nicol (eds.), Nabokov's Fifth Arc: Nabokov and Others on His Life's Work (Austin: University of Texas Press, 1982), pp. 139-152.

Antonov, S. "Assotsiativnye i obraznye vidy tekstovoi sviazi v proze V. Nabokova (na materiala rasskaza 'Pil'gram'). Russkii tekst 1, pp. 83-93.

Barabtarlo, Gennady. "A Skeleton in Nabokov's Closet." In Nicol, Charles and Gennady Barabtarlo (eds.), A Small Alpine Form: Studies in Nabokov's Short Fiction (New York: Garland, 1993), pp. 15-23. [On "Mest'."]

Barabtarlo, Gennady: "English Short Stories". In: The Garland Companion to Vladimir Nabokov (ed. Vladimir E. Alexandrov), New York: Garland, 1995, pp. 101-117

Barnstead, John A. "Nabokov, Kuzmin, Chekhov, and Gogol': Systems of Reference in 'Lips to Lips'." In Julian W. Connolly and Sonia I. Ketchian eds., Studies in Russian Literature in Honor of Vsevolod Setchkarev (Columbus: Slavica, 1986), pp. 50-60.

Belobrovtseva, Irina, Svetlana Turovskaia. "Krasavitsa" Vladimira Nabokova: vecho letiashchaia strela, popavshaia v tsel'." In Wiener slawistishcher Almanach, 38 (1996).

Bethea, David M. "Izgnanie kak ukhod v kokon: Obraz babochki u Nabokova i Brodskogo." Russkaia Literatura (St. Petersburg), 1991, 3, pp. 167-175. [On "Christmas."]

Bezrodny, Mikhail. "Imya cherta" (The Devil's Name). Novoe Literaturnoe Obozrenie (New Literary Review), 31 (1998): pp. 276-278. [A note on Nabokov's short story "Skazka" (A Nursery Tale) and the semantics of the name "OTT," "OTTO."]

Bontila, Ruxanda. "Photograph Reading in 'Signs and Symbols.'" In The Nabokovian #55, (Fall 2005), 44-48.

Boym. Svetlana. "Literariness of the Poet's Life: The Case of Four Rimbauds." In Bauer, Roger et al. (eds.) Space and Boundaries of Literature: Proceedings of the XIIth Congress of the International Comparative Literature Association (Munich: Iudicium, 1990), pp. 607-614. [On "A Forgotten Poet," compared to Dominique Noguez' Les Trois Rimbauds.]

Carroll, William. "Nabokovís Signs and Symbols." In A Book of Things About Vladimir Nabokov, ed. Carl R. Proffer (Ann Arbor: Ardis, 1974), pp. 203-217.

Connolly, Julian W. "Nabokov's 'Terra Incognita' and Invitation to a Beheading: The Struggle for Imaginative Freedom." Wiener Slawistischer Almanach 12 (1983), pp. 55-65.

Connolly, Julian W. "The Play of Light and Shadow in 'The Fight'." In Nicol, Charles and Gennady Barabtarlo (eds.), A Small Alpine Form: Studies in Nabokov's Short Fiction (New York: Garland, 1993), pp. 25-37.

Connolly, Julian: "Nabokov and Narrative Point of View: The Case of ĎA Letter that Never Reached Russia'". Nabokov Studies (Los Angeles), 1, 1994, pp. 9-20

De Roeck, Galina L. "'The Visit to the Museum': A Tour of Hell." In Nicol, Charles and Gennady Barabtarlo (eds.), A Small Alpine Form: Studies in Nabokov's Short Fiction (New York: Garland, 1993), pp. 137- 147.

Dole, Carol M. "Innocent Trifles; Or, 'Signs and Symbols'." Studies in Short Fiction (Newberry, SC), Summer 1987, 24:3, pp. 303-305.

Dolinin, Alexander. "The Signs and Symbols in Nabokov's 'Signs and Symbols'" Full text available in Zembla, 11/26/04.

Drescher, Alexander N. "A Reading of Nabokov's 'That in Aleppo Once....'" Full text available in Zembla, 10/16/03.

Drescher, Alexander N. "Arbitrary Signs and Symbols." Full text available in Zembla, 2/27/07.

Duperray, Max. "Au delà du fantastique: La Naissance douloureuse à l'écriture: 'Cloud, Castle, Lake' de Vladimir Nabokov." In Max Duperray ed., Du fantastique en littérature: Figures et figurations: Eléments pour une poétique du fantastique sur quelques exemples anglophones (Aix-en-Provence: Univ. de Provence, 1990), pp. 161- 165.

Eggenschwiler, David. "Nabokov's 'The Vane Sisters': Exuberant Pedantry and a Biter Bit." Studies in Short Fiction (Newberry, SC), Winter 1981, 18:1, pp. 33-39.

Elms, Alan C. "Cloud, Castle, Claustrum: Nabokov as a Freudian in Spite of Himself." In Rancour- Laferriere, Daniel (ed.), Russian Literature and Psychoanalysis (Amsterdam: John Benjamins, 1989), pp. 353-369.

Engelking, Leszek: "Some Remarks on the Devil in Nabokov's 'The Visit to the Museum'". Canadian-American Slavic Studies (Vancouver, British Columbia), 19 (3), Fall 1985, pp. 351-356

Evans, Walter. "The Conjuror in 'The Potato Elf'." In Rivers, Julius Edwin and Charles Nicol (eds.), Nabokov's Fifth Arc: Nabokov and Others on His Life's Work (Austin: University of Texas Press, 1982), pp. 75-81.

Field, David. "Sacred Dangers: Nabokov's Distorted Reflection in 'Signs and Symbols'." Studies in Short Fiction (Newberry, SC), Summer 1988, 25:3, pp. 285-293.

Foster, John Burt, Jr. "An Archeology of 'Mademoiselle O': Narrative between Art and Memory." In Nicol, Charles and Gennady Barabtarlo (eds.), A Small Alpine Form: Studies in Nabokov's Short Fiction (New York: Garland, 1993), pp. 111-135.

Goldschweer, Ulrike. Das Komplexe im Konstruierten: Der Beitrag der Chaos-Theorie für die Literaturwissenschaft am Beispiel der Erzählzyklen "Sogljadataj" (Vladimir Nabokov) und "Prepodavatel' simmetrii" (Andrej Bitov). Bochum: Projekt Verlag, 1998 (Dokumente und Analysen zur russischen und sowjetischen Kultur, 15).

Grossmith, Robert. "The Twin Abysses of 'Lik'." The Nabokovian, Fall 1987, 19, pp. 46-50.

Grossmith, Robert. "The Future Perfect of the Mind: 'Time and Ebb' and 'A Guide to Berlin'." In Nicol, Charles and Gennady Barabtarlo (eds.), A Small Alpine Form: Studies in Nabokov's Short Fiction (New York: Garland, 1993), pp. 149-153.

Grossmith, Robert. "'Perfection'." In Nicol, Charles and Gennady Barabtarlo (eds.), A Small Alpine Form: Studies in Nabokov's Short Fiction (New York: Garland, 1993), pp. 73-80.

Hagopian, John V. "Decoding Nabokov's 'Signs and Symbols'." Studies in Short Fiction (Newberry, SC), Spring 1981, 18:2, pp. 115- 119.

Hamrit, Jacqueline. "Le silence de la folie: à propos de 'Signes et symboles' de Vladimir Nabokov," Synapse n° 212 (février 2005), pp. 33-35. (An English version of this paper is available online: "The Silence of Madness in Vladimir Nabokov's 'Signs and Symbols.'"
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Hamrit, Jacqueline. "French Echoes in "Mademoiselle O." Zembla, 12/18/06.

Howell, Yvonne. "Science and Gnosticism in 'Lance'." In Nicol, Charles and Gennady Barabtarlo (eds.), A Small Alpine Form: Studies in Nabokov's Short Fiction (New York: Garland, 1993), pp. 181-192.

Johnson, D. Barton. "Vladimir Nabokov's Solus Rex and the 'Ultima Thule' Theme." Slavic Review (Stanford, CA), 1981, 40:4, pp. 543-556.

Johnson, D. Barton. "'Terror': Pre-Texts and Post-Texts." In Nicol, Charles and Gennady Barabtarlo (eds.), A Small Alpine Form: Studies in Nabokov's Short Fiction (New York: Garland, 1993), pp. 39-64.

Johnson, Roy. "Nabokov Tutorials: 50 Studies of the Collected Stories."

Karlinsky, Simon. "Theme and Structure in Vladimir Nabokov's 'Krug'." In Kenneth N. Bostrom ed., Russian Literature and American Critics: In Honor of Deming B. Brown (Ann Arbor: University of Michigan, 1984), pp. 243-247. (Papers in Slavic Philology 4)

Kulumbetova, A. E. "Postizhenie zamysla. O "Terra incognita" V. Nabokova. Prostor (Alma-Ata), 1995, no. 2/3, pp. 133-136.

Kuzmanovich, Zoran. "'A Christmas Story': A Polemic with Ghosts." In Nicol, Charles and Gennady Barabtarlo (eds.), A Small Alpine Form: Studies in Nabokov's Short Fiction (New York: Garland, 1993), pp. 81-97.

Lane, John B. "A Funny Thing about Nabokov's 'Signs and Symbols'." Russian Language Journal 40 (1986), pp. 147-160.

Larmour, David H. J. "Orpheus and 'Vozvrashchenie Chorba'." Studia Slavica, 1993, 38:3-4, pp. 373-377.

Martin, Terry J. "Ways of Knowing in Nabokov's 'Signs and Symbols'." Journal of the Short Story in English (Nashville, TN), Autumn 1991, 17, pp. 75-89.

Matterson, Stephen. "Sprung from the Music Box of Memory: 'Spring in Fialta'." In Nicol, Charles and Gennady Barabtarlo (eds.), A Small Alpine Form: Studies in Nabokov's Short Fiction (New York: Garland, 1993), pp. 99-109.

McConkey, James. "Nabokov and 'The Windows of the Mint'." In Gibian, George and Stephen Jan Parker (eds.), The Achievements of Vladimir Nabokov (Ithaca: Center for International Studies, Committee on Soviet Studies, Cornell University, 1984), pp. 29-43.

Meyer, Priscilla. "The German Theme in Nabokov's Work of the 1920s." In Nicol, Charles and Gennady Barabtarlo (eds.), A Small Alpine Form: Studies in Nabokov's Short Fiction (New York: Garland, 1993), pp. 3-14.

Meyers, Jeffrey. "The Duel in Fiction." North Dakota Quarterly 51, no. 4 (Fall 1983), pp. 129-150. (Discusses "An Affair of Honor.")

Mignon, Charles W. "A Referential Reading of Nabokov's 'Signs and Symbols'." Studies in Short Fiction (Newberry, SC), Spring 1991, 28:2, pp. 169-175.

Miura, Shoko. "A Door into the Otherworld: Nabokov's Self-Recovery in 'The Assistant Producer'." Studies in American Literature (The American Literature Society of Japan) 38 (2001): 91-112.

Monter, Barbara Heldt: "'Spring in Fialta': The Choice Mimics Chance". TriQuarterly (Evanston, IL), 17, Winter 1970, pp. 128- 135

Morgan, Paul Bennett. "'Terra Incognita' and R. L. Stevenson." The Nabokovian, Spring 1985, 14, pp. 15-16.

Morris, J. "Signs and Symbols and Signs." The Nabokovian, Spring 1994, 32, pp. 24-28.

Nakata, Akiko. "An Agent Narrating: Nabokov's 'A Slice of Life.'" Nanzan tanki daigaku kiyo [Journal of Nanzan Junior College] 24 (January, 1997) pp. 89-108.

Naumann, Marina Turkevich: Blue Evenings in Berlin: Nabokov's Short Stories of the 1920s. New York: New York University Press, 1978

Nicol, Charles. "Nabokov and Science Fiction: 'Lance'." Science Fiction Studies (Greencastle, IN), March 1987, 14 (1):41, pp. 9-20.

Nicol, Charles. "Dating Problems in 'The Circle'." The Nabokovian, Spring 1989, 22, pp. 20- 23.

Nicol, Charles: "'Ghastly Rich Glass': A Double Essay on 'Spring in Fialta'". Russian Literature TriQuarterly (Ann Arbor, MI), 24, 1991, pp. 173-184

Nicol, Charles, Gennady Barabtarlo (eds.): A Small Alpine Form: Studies in Nabokov's Short Fiction. New York: Garland, 1993

Nicol, Charles. "Finding the 'Assistant Producer'." In Nicol, Charles and Gennady Barabtarlo (eds.), A Small Alpine Form: Studies in Nabokov's Short Fiction (New York: Garland, 1993), pp. 155-165.

Parker, Stephen Jan. "Vladimir Nabokov and the Short Story." Russian Literature Triquarterly (Ann Arbor, MI), 1991, 24, pp. 63- 72.

Pifer, Ellen. "Locating the Monster in Nabokov's 'Scenes from the Life of a Double Monster'." Studies in American Fiction [Boston] 9, no. 1 (Spring 1981), pp. 97- 101.

Polskaia, Svetlana. "Kommentarii k rasskazu V. Nabokova 'Oblako, ozero, bashnia'." Scando Slavica (Copenhagen, Denmark), 1989, 35, pp. 111-123. [Discusses sources in Tiutchev and Pushkin.]

Polskaia, Svetlana. "Voskreshenie korolia Ofiokha: E. T. A. Gofman v rasskaze Nabokova 'Oblako, ozero, bashnia'." Scando Slavica (Copenhagen, Denmark), 1990, 36, pp. 101-113.

Polsky, Svetlana: "Death and Immortality in Nabokov's ĎA Busy Man'". Nabokov Studies (Los Angeles), 2, 1995, pp. 213-232

Raguet-Bouvart, Christine. "riverruning acrostically through 'The Vane Sisters' and 'A.L.P.,' or 'genealogy on its head.'" Cycnos, v. 12, no. 2, 1995, pp. 21-28.

Rennert, Hal H. "Literary Revenge: Nabokov's 'Mademoiselle O' and Kleist's Die Marquise von O." Germano-Slavica (Waterloo, ON, Canada), Fall 1984, 4:6, pp. 331-337.

Richter, David H. "Narrative Entrapment in Pnin and 'Signs and Symbols'." Papers on Language and Literature (Edwardsville, IL), Fall 1984, 20:4, pp. 418-430.

Saputelli, Linda Nadine. "The Long-Drawn Sunset of Fialta." In Julian W. Connolly and Sonia I. Ketchian eds., Studies in Russian Literature in Honor of Vsevolod Setchkarev (Columbus: Slavica, 1986), pp. 233-242.

Senderovich, Savelii, and Elena Shvarts. "Aurelian i Eleonora, ili Gde Nabokov lovil svoikh babochek." Novyi zhurnal, #123 (Dec. 1998), pp. 205-212. "Links VN's use of butterflies (and their metamorphosis) to Goethe's Faust via the Russian Symbolists, esp. V. Ivanov and the formula 'a realibus ad realiora' which VN assertedly encodes in the terms 'Aurelian & Eleonora' in the story 'The Aurelian.' Ingenious but forced." (DBJ).

Shapiro, Gavriel. "'Podlets' Nabokova i 'Trus' Mopassana." Revue des Éudes Slaves 72, nos. 1-2 (2000): 53-60.

Shapiro, Gavriel. "'La Veneziana' Revisited." The Nabokovian 55 (Fall 2005): 48-55.

Shawen, Edgar. "Motion and Stasis: Nabokov's 'Cloud, Castle, Lake.'" Studies in Short Fiction 27, no. 3 (Summer 1990), pp. 279-283.

Shrayer, Maxim D.: "'Cloud, Castle, Lake' and the Problem of Entering Nabokov's Otherworld". Nabokov Studies (Los Angeles), 1, 1994, pp. 131-153

Shrayer, Maxim D. The Poetics of Vladimir Nabokov's Short Stories, with Reference to Anton Chekhov and Ivan Bunin, Ph.D., Yale, Spring 1995.

Shrayer, Maxim D. "Ivan Bunin i Vladimir Nabokov: poetika sopernichestva," in I. A. Bunin i russkaia literatura XX veka (Moskva: Nasledie, 1996), pp. 41-65.

Shrayer, Maxim D. "Pilgrimage, Memory and Death in Vladimir Nabokov's Short Story 'The Aurelian.'" Slavic and East European Journal 40:4 (1996), pp. 700-25.

Shrayer, Maxim D. "Mapping Narrative Space in Nabokov's Short Fiction," Slavonic and East European Review 75:4 (October 1997), pp. 624-41.

Shrayer, Maxim D. "Decoding Vladimir Nabokov's 'The Return of Chorb'," Russian Language Journal, LI, nos. 168-170 (1997), pp.177-202.

Shrayer, Maxim D. "Nabokovljeva tekstobiografija," Knjizneva Smotra [Book Survey: The Journal for World Literature], vol. XXIX / 1997, No. 106 (4) 1997, ed. Irena Luksic, pp. 9-21.

Shrayer, Maxim D. "A Dozen Notes to Nabokov's Short Stories." The Nabokovian, no. 40 (Spring 1998), pp. 42-63.

Shrayer, Maxim D. The World of Nabokov's Stories. Austin: University of Texas Press, 1999.

Shrayer, Maxim D. "Poetry, Exile, and Prophetic Mystification in 'Vasiliy Shishkov' (1939)," excerpt from the preceding entry. Full text available in Zembla, 6/10/99.

Shrayer, Maxim D. "After Rapture and Recapture: Transformations in the Drafts of Nabokov's Stories." The Russian Review, 58 (October 1999), pp. 548-64.

Shtein, E. "Vladimir Nabokov: Shakhmatno-poeticheskie kollizii tvorchestva." Novyi Zhurnal/The New Review (New York), 1987, 166, pp. 167-175.

Sweeney, Susan Elizabeth. "The Small Furious Devil: Memory in 'Scenes from the Life of a Double Monster'." In Nicol, Charles and Gennady Barabtarlo (eds.), A Small Alpine Form: Studies in Nabokov's Short Fiction (New York: Garland, 1993), pp. 193-216.

Tammi, Pekka. "Nabokov's Symbolic Cards and Pushkin's 'The Queen of Spades'." The Nabokovian, Fall 1984, 13, pp. 31-32. [On "Signs and Symbols."]

Toker, Leona. "Nabokov's 'Torpid Smoke.'" Studies in Twentieth Century Literature 12 (1988), pp. 239-248.

Toker, Leona. "'Signs and Symbols' in and out of Contexts." In Nicol, Charles and Gennady Barabtarlo (eds.), A Small Alpine Form: Studies in Nabokov's Short Fiction (New York: Garland, 1993), pp. 167-180.

Tolstaia, Nataliia, Mikhail Meilakh: "Russian Short Stories". In: The Garland Companion to Vladimir Nabokov (ed. Vladimir E. Alexandrov), New York: Garland, 1995, pp. 644-660

Tolstaia, Natalia; (Eschner, Steve and Vispo, Conrad, trans.). "V. V. Nabokov Stages a Play." In Nicol, Charles and Gennady Barabtarlo (eds.), A Small Alpine Form: Studies in Nabokov's Short Fiction (New York: Garland, 1993), pp. 65-72. [On "A Busy Man."]

Tookey, Mary. "Nabokov's 'Signs and Symbols'." Explicator (Washington, DC), Winter 1988, 46:2, pp. 34-36.

Toker, Leona: "Self-conscious Paralepsis in Vladimir Nabokov's Pnin and 'Recruiting'". Poetics Today (Cambridge, MA) 7, 1986, pp. 459-469

Toker, Leona. "Nabokov's 'Torpid Smoke'." Studies in Twentieth Century Literature (ISSN 0145-7888), 12 (2), 1988, p. 239.

Updike, John: "Proud Happiness". In: John Updike: Hugging the Shore: Essays and Criticism. New York: Alfred Knopf, 1983, pp. 243- 244

Vasil'ev, G. K. "Stranitsa is rasskaza Nabokova 'Vesna v Fial'te': Opyt lingvisticheskogo analiza." Filologicheskie Nauki (Moscow), 1991, 3, pp. 33-40.

Wiesner, Annette. "Behind the Glass Pane: Vladimir Nabokov's 'Perfection' and Transcendence." The International Fiction Review, 1998, v. 25 no. 1/2. pp. 21- .

Wood, Michael. "Consulting the Oracle." Essays in Criticism (Oxford, England), April 1993, 43:2, pp. 93-111. [On "Signs and Symbols."]

Zholkovskii, Aleksandr. "Philosophy of Composition (K nekotorym aspektam struktury odnogo literaturnogo teksta) (On Certain Aspects of the Structure of One Literary Text)." In Readings in Russian Modernism/Kul'tura russkogo modernisma (UCLA Slavic Studies, New Series. Vol. I). (Moscow: Nauka, 1993), pp. 390-98. The text under examination is Nabokov's "Spring in Fialta." A slightly different version appears in Zholkovsky's Russian publication Inventsii (Moscow: "Gendal'f", 1995).

Zimmermann, Linda Saputelli. "The Russian Short Stories of Vladimir Nabokov: A Thematical and Structural Analysis." Ph.D. Dissertation. Harvard University, 1978.

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