Vladimir Nabokov and the Art of Moral Acts

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Publication Date
September 2021
Page Count
312 pages
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6 x 9

Vladimir Nabokov and the Art of Moral Acts

Dana Dragunoiu
About the Author

Dana Dragunoiu is an associate professor in the Department of English Language and Literature and the Institute of European, Russian and Eurasian Studies at Carleton University. She is the author of Vladimir Nabokov and the Poetics of Liberalism, published by Northwestern University Press. 

“Dragunoiu has taken a fascinating approach to the reading and interpretation of Nabokov’s art, and her study is both lucidly written and cogently argued. Her monograph acknowledges the extensive scholarship that exists on Nabokov, but she extends, expands upon, and departs from this body of work in remarkable and productive ways.” —Julian Connolly, author of A Reader’s Guide to Nabokov’s “Lolita”

“Contrary to the prevailing perception of Nabokov as a cold art-for-art’s-sake aesthete, Dana Dragunoiu enriches us with a nuanced portrait of an artist who saw a direct connection between esthetical and moral, ethical and artistic. Dragunoiu convincingly argues that Nabokov is, therefore, strikingly Kantian, sharing with the philosopher the profoundly humanistic notion that ‘the beautiful is the symbol of the morally good.’” —Galya Diment, author of Pniniad: Vladimir Nabokov and Marc Szeftel

“By reading Nabokov’s works in the context of the principles of cortezia and those of non-consequentialist moral philosophy, this erudite, well researched, and thought-suffused study unlocks a new axiological dimension of Nabokov’s art.” —Leona Toker, author of Nabokov: The Mystery of Literary Structures