In this article I examine the literary views of the Russian-American author Vladimir
Nabokov (1899-1977) using the work of the Swiss critic Jean Rousset (1910-2002).
Rousset’s Forme et Signification (1963) displays a combination of phenomenological literary
criticism with structuralist interests. It will be shown that his thoughts and method
therefore provide a valuable context to understand Nabokov’s views on writers, readers
and literary communication.