Hindsight, Intertextuality, and Interpretation: A Symbol in Nabokov's 'Christmas'
Jose Angel Garcia Landa
Universidad de Zaragoza
SYMBOLISM: AN INTERNATIONAL ANNUAL OF CRITICAL AESTHETICS, pp. 267-294, Rüdiger Ahrens and Klaus Stierstorfer, eds., AMS Press, 2005
This essay examines the significance of the butterfly symbolism in Vladimir Nabokov's story 'Christmas' in the light of an interactional theory of interpretation. Intertextual elements ar shown to emerge through a process of critical debate, rereading and discursive interaction, as the cultural significance of a text is gradually established. The critical approach in this paper tries to combine the insights of discourse analysis, narrative hermeneutics, and literary pragmatics.
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Keywords: Hindsight, Intertextuality, Interpretation, Discourse analysis, Hermeneutics, Pragmatics of literature, Symbolism, Nabokov, Butterflies, Rereading
Date posted: June 13, 2010