Nabokov’s humor: the play of consciousness

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dc.contributor.advisor Dr. Brian Boyd en Brillinger, Matthew en 2007-02-20T23:08:26Z en 2007-02-20T23:08:26Z en 2003 en
dc.identifier.citation Thesis (PhD--English)--University of Auckland, 2003. en
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dc.description.abstract Vladimir Nabokov' s fiction, particularly in its later stages, is thoroughly and multifariously humorous, with individual works incorporating large numbers of jokes to tremendous effect, to the point that enjoyment of Nabokov 's art is to some extent indistinguishable from engagement with his humor. Why is Nabokov 's art so robustly funny? Humor theorists, in varied words and with differing degrees of forcefulness, posit humor as necessarily presenting a possibility - ontological, behavioral, circumstantial, or interpretative - unforeseen by its audience, as a joke introduces that audience to a surprising entity, action, event or viewpoint. Nabokov, experiencing his own world as ceaselessly surprising, consciously deploys humor as a means of underscoring for readers the infinite possibilities available at each moment, utilizing jokes in the countering of divers types of expectation. Nabokov 's use of humor emerges from a well-considered theory of humor, while also reflecting a singular metaphysics. This thesis, as it maps the relationship between Nabokov 's use and theory of humor, offers a rationale for much of the humor on offer in Nabokov' s art, accounting for that humor by reference not only to its effects and implications but also to its significance in the eyes of Nabokov himself. en
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dc.publisher ResearchSpace@Auckland en
dc.relation.ispartof PhD Thesis - University of Auckland en
dc.relation.isreferencedby UoA1214309 en
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dc.title Nabokov’s humor: the play of consciousness en
dc.type Thesis en English en The University of Auckland en Doctoral en PhD en
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