Nabokov’s way of touching reality: Cover Image

Nabokovowski sposób dotykania rzeczywistości:
Nabokov’s way of touching reality:

the play on light and colours in the short story Details of a Sunset

Author(s): Anna Ginter
Subject(s): Language and Literature Studies
Published by: Wydawnictwo Naukowe Uniwersytetu Szczecińskiego
Keywords: linguistic creation of a literarv word; idiolect of Vladimir Nabokov; colours

Summary/Abstract: The paper aims at presenting the way in which Vladimir Nabokov uses coloursand light while creating different layers of reality in his literary works on the exampleof the short story entitled Details of a Sunset. As it is shown in the article, colours in thetext convey not only the information about the visual effects but also some informationreferred to the protagonists and the plot. For instance, in Details of a Sunset the colours ofgreen and ginger used with their symbolic meaning for Clare describe her personality andattitude toward her fiance. What is, however, more important colours in the text make itpossible for the reader to recognise two different realities that determine understanding ofthe title as well as the whole text.

  • Issue Year: 2015
  • Issue No: 14
  • Page Range: 83-91
  • Page Count: 9
  • Language: Polish