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Stephen H. Blackwell
University of Tennessee, Knoxville (Knoxville, TN 37916-3801)
The Interrelations of Science and Art in Vladimir Nabokov’s Fiction and Philosophy

Despite recent interest in Nabokov's research on butterflies, there has been very little response to the call to bring an understanding of Nabokov’s science to bear upon his art. The present ongoing study aims to provide a first such synthesis. The project sets Nabokov's art in the context of the biological, psychological, and physical sciences, and it explores the role that Nabokov's scientific thinking--his philosophy of science and knowledge--plays in his creative process. This approach offers surprising new readings of Nabokov's fiction and explores his compelling reconciliation of science and art.

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Project fields:
Slavic Literature

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Research Programs

$5,000 (approved)
$5,000 (awarded)

Grant period:
5/1/2005 – 7/31/2005