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The Proust EffectThe Senses as Doorways to Lost Memories$
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Cretien van Campen

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780199685875

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: April 2014

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199685875.001.0001

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Nabokov as a toddler in St Petersburg

Nabokov as a toddler in St Petersburg

Stories of the origins of sense memories in childhood

(p.60) 7 Nabokov as a toddler in St Petersburg
The Proust Effect

Cretien Van Campen

Julian Ross

Oxford University Press

How are sense memories created in early childhood? The Russian-American writer Vladimir Nabokov (1899-1977) described how the earliest impressions arise which are later combined with nostalgia, happiness or other emotions to form sense memories. Medical literature contains descriptions of other, less famous examples of sense memories which provide a greater insight into the special features of these experiences. These accounts illustrate the creation of childhood memories as a result of synaesthetic and eidetic impressions.

Keywords:   Vladimir Nabokov, synaesthesia, eidetic memory, perceptual development

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