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Teckyoung Kwon is professor emerita of English at Kyung Hee University.
2. Mimicry as a Form of Art
3. Memory as a Form of Fiction
4. Dream is not for Analysis: The Luzhin Defense
5. The Criminal as an Artist: Despair
6. Lolita: Nabokov’s Memory War against Freud
7. Pale Fire: Analyze me if you can
8. Ada: In Opposition to the Incest Taboo
One of the intriguing mysteries of Nabokov scholarship is the novelist's well-known detestation of Sigmund Freud, the Viennese "witch doctor." Teckyoung Kwon casts much light on this question, reaching the surprising conclusion that Freud seems to play an "almost collaborative role" in Nabokov's art. A fascinating book.
— Jeffrey Berman, University at Albany, SUNY
“Why did Nabokov, well-known for his rants against Freud and psychoanalysis, present Lolita as the parody of a psychoanalytic case history which details the passion of an adult for an underage nymphet, while Ada, the novel of his maturity, unpacks a tale of brother-sister incest? Reading Nabokov and Freud side by side with the help of Darwin, James, Ouspensky, and Lacan, Teckyoung Kwon astutely explains the Russian writer's antipathy toward the psychoanalyst as aggressive mimicry. Those rivals, both scientists and poets, work against each other and with each other, offering their reciprocal self-portraits in a distorting mirror. Nabokov’s uncanny proximity to psychoanalysis is analyzed with verve and subtlety by one of the masters of South Korean literary criticism. Her book, the first to present a systematic study of Nabokov and Freud, will revitalize our interest in Nabokov and deepen our understanding of the links between literature and psychoanalysis.” —Jean-Michel Rabaté, University of Pennsylvania
— Jean-Michel Rabaté, Professor of English and Comparative Literature at the University of Pennsylvania
Taking the concept of mimicry as her Ariadne’s thread through the labyrinth of Nabokov’s work, Teckyoung Kwon traces the far-reaching affinities between his twin passions for lepidopterology and literature, and in the process exposes the hidden resemblances that lie beneath Nabokov’s loudly proclaimed antagonism to Freud. This deeply learned study is itself a feat of consilience that recalibrates our understanding of Nabokov by viewing his imaginative universe through the binocular lenses of art and science, philosophy and psychoanalysis.
— Peter L. Rudnytsky, University of Florida