When Vladimir Nabokov was a Professor at Cornell University the main principle of his lectures was to convey the idea that novels should not aim to teach and readers should not empathise with characters. Readers should aim for a 'higher' aesthetic enjoyment by paying attention to details of style and structure.
This book attempts to: 'Make notes on the number three' in The Metamorphosis by Franz Kafka. For full details see 'Lectures on Literature' by Vladimir Nabokov, Edited by Fredson Bowers (ISBN-13: 978-0156027755).
The Nabokov Paper project instigated by Kate Briggs.