The “Doubles” in Nabokov’s The Real Life of Sebastian Knight

  • Zhang Junping 214000 School of Foreign Studies, Jiangnan University, Wuxi, P.R. CHINA
  • Zhang Bin 214231 Zhangzhu High School in Yixing, Wuxi, P.R. CHINA
Keywords: Vladimir Nabokov, The Real Life of Sebastian Knight, double, relationship

Abstract

The ambiguous identities of the two heroes, V. and Sebastian, in Nabokov’s The Real Life of Sebastian Knight, is of great interest to Nabokovian criticism and scholarship. This paper, in light of theories on the “double”, intents to figure out the problem and reveal Nabokov’s design of Sebastian and V. as “doubles”. In The Real Life of Sebastian Knight, Nabokov structures delicate mappings for the doubling relationship between the two heroes. His intricate design of doubles aims to show the dynamic process of Sebastian and V.’s selfdevelopment by erasing the psychic distance between them.

Published
2018-08-05