The Five Senses in Nabokov's Works

  • Marie Bouchet
  • Julie Loison-Charles
  • Isabelle Poulin

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xvi
  2. Marie Bouchet, Julie Loison-Charles, Isabelle Poulin
    Pages 1-11
  3. The Role of the Senses in Nabokov’s Aesthetics and Metaphysics

  4. Crossing Sensations and Languages: Multilingualism, Memory and Intermediality

  5. Senses and the Body: From Pleasure to Displeasure

  6. Synesthesia and Multisensoriality

  7. Back Matter
    Pages 361-367

About this book


This collection of essays focuses on a subject largely neglected in Nabokovian criticism—the importance and significance of the five senses in Vladimir Nabokov’s work, poetics, politics and aesthetics. This text analyzes the crucial role of the author’s synesthesia and multilingualism in relation to the five senses, as well as the sensual and erotic dimensions of sensoriality in his works. Each chapter provides a highly focused and sometimes provocative approach to the unique role that sensory perceptions play in the shaping and narrating of Nabokov’s memories and in his creative process.


Vladimir Nabokov auditory gustatory olafactory tactile kinetic synaesthesia cognitive literary studies

Editors and affiliations

  • Marie Bouchet
    • 1
  • Julie Loison-Charles
    • 2
  • Isabelle Poulin
    • 3
  1. 1.University of ToulouseToulouseFrance
  2. 2.University of LilleLilleFrance
  3. 3.University Bordeaux MontaigneBordeauxFrance

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