The Poetics of re-reading in Nabokov’s Pale Fire and Barthes’ S/Z


  • Yannicke Chupin Université Paris-IV Sorbonne


Vladimir Nabokov, Postmodernism, Roland Barthes, Theory, Structuralism, Hermeneutics,


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The Poetics of re-reading in Nabokov’s Pale Fire and Barthes’ S/Z. (2003). Postgraduate English: A Journal and Forum for Postgraduates in English, 8.