One has just been sent out as a biblical dove, has found nothing green, and slips back
into the darkness of the ark -- Kafka

Thursday, July 7, 2011

Nabokov as Anti-Freudian

He never tired of denouncing/poking fun of Freudians or other Quacks.

Through Kinbote:
Alas, I find only two items preserved in my notebook:

   By picking the nose in spite of all commands to the contrary, or when a youth is all the time sticking his finger through his buttonhole . . .  the analytic teacher knows that the appetite of the lustful one knows no limit in his phantasies.
        (Quoted by Prof. C. from Dr. Oskar Pfister, The Psychoanalytical Method, 1917, N.Y., p. 79)

   The little cap of red velvet in the German version of Little Red Riding Hood is a symbol of menstruation.
        (Quoted by Prof. C. from Erich Fromm, The Forgotten Language, 1951, N.Y., p. 240)

   Do these clowns really believe what they teach?
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