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NABOKOV 101 at St. Petersburg Nabokov Museum
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NABOKV-L archives -- February 2005 (#56)EDNOTE. This a short summer course features different Nabokov specialists each year. This year I shall be the instructor with daily guest spots by
internationally known Nabokov scholars. I shall be focusing on Nabokov's SPEAK, MEMORY--an especially appropriate topic since the class is held in
the Nabokov family home in Petersburg and includes a visit to the grounds of the former family country estates. The class is in English and affords an
opportunity to meet leading Nabokov scholars and your fellow Nabokov aficionados.
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Date: May 25, 2005
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VLADIMIR NABOKOV INTERNATIONAL SUMMER SCHOOL



JULY 25 – AUGUST 3, 2005



General Information


On July 25- August 3, 2005 Vladimir Nabokov Museum, St.Petrsburg will hold its
Sixth International Summer School.

Vladimir Nabokov International Summer School ( Nabokov 101) was established by
the Vladimir Nabokov Museum in 2000. Every year it brings together Nabokov
students from all over the world and internationally known Nabokov scholars.
Our summer school provides a unique opportunity to study Nabokov’s art in
the Nabokov House, in the athmosphere that inspired the writer.

All classes and guided tours are conducted in English.

After completing the program, the students receive a Certificate and, if
required, a personal letter of recommendation from the professor.




Faculty
One series of seminars will be conducted by Prof. Donald Barton Johnson
(University of California at Santa-Barbara), among the world’s leading
authorities on Vladimir Nabokov, one of the founders of the International
Vladimir Nabokov Society and Nabokov Studies, author of Worlds in Regression:
Some Novels of Vladimir Nabokov , moderator of the Vladimir Nabokov Forum.

The other series of seminars will be conducted by other distinguished Nabokov
scholars each focusing on the topic of his/her current research.

Details on courses and reading lists will be e-mailed to all the applicants .



Schedule
Seminars will begin on July 25 (Monday) and continue through August 3
(Wednesday) with one day-off in the middle of the program. There will be 8 days
of seminars in all, with two 1,5 hour seminars every day. Also, an optional
full-day trip to the former Nabokov estates will be offered on one of the days.



First series of seminars begins at 10.00

Second series begins at 12.00

Coffee break is from 11.30 to 12.00



Tours
In addition, optional guided tours of Nabokov sites and other literary points of
interest in St.Petersburg will be offered by the Museum. Please find the
description of some of the tours below.



Program costs



2005 tuition cost is $500. It covers participation in seminars, coffee-breaks,
handouts, use of museum computers (with instant Internet access), use of museum
library and a guided tour of the Nabokov House & Museum.



Other costs (not included)






Visa invitation & registration *
$40-50

Accommodation in St.Petersburg (arranged by the Museum at student’s
request):
Homestay
Hotel


$15-60 a day
$60-150 a day




Lunches
$3-8 a day

Guided tours
$10-40 per tour




* Detailed information on how to obtain a Russian visa will be sent to
applicants upon request.



Application and payment.



Participants can apply by e-mailing the application form to Tatyana
Ponomareva, Museum Director at vnabokov@mail.wplus.net. The deadline for
accepting applications is June 1. We require a deposit of $100 payable to the
Friends of Nabokov Museum, Inc. (tax-deductible for US citizens).

Tuition balance must be paid on the participant’s arrival to St.Petersburg.



Description of guided tours:

Tour of Nabokov Estates in Rozhdestveno and Vyra

A full-day field trip to the Nabokov family estates in the Gatchina area near
St. Petersburg (about 50 miles from the city) will take you to the villages of
Rozhdestveno and Vyra. Vladimir Nabokov spent almost all summers and some
winters in the Vyra estate that belonged to his mother, paying frequent visits
to his uncle’s Rozhdestveno and to his grandmother’s Batovo. The locale formed
the setting for his novels Mary, The Defense, The Gift, and Ada as well as his
short stories. Nabokov wrote about the area, with its beautiful scenery and
special landmarks, in Speak, Memory:

”Diagrammatically, the three family estates on the Oredezh, fifty miles south of
St. Petersburg, may be represented as three linked rings in a ten-mile chain
running west-east across the Luga highway, with my mother’s Vyra in the middle,
her brother’s Rozhdestveno on the right, and my grandmother’s Batovo on the
left, the links being the bridges across the Oredezh (properly Oredezh’) which,
in its winding, branching, and looping course, bathed Vyra on either side.”

The guided tour will begin from the middle of the three rings, Vyra. You will
visit the site of the Nabokovs’ house on the bank of the Oredezh River. The
house did not survive World War II, but some minor structures, formerly
belonging to the estate, remain. And so do some of the old trees –“a certain
spot in the forest, a footbridge across a brown brook...” From there we will
take you to the Roshdestveno estate, “with its white-pillared mansion on a
green, escarped hill and its two thousand acres of wildwood and peatbog.” The
mansion, nearly destroyed by fire in 1995, is now under restoration.
There you will be able to get a spectacular bird-eye’s view of the area from
the top-floor Rotunda.

After a visit to the Rozhdestveno church, and the family vault where Vladimir
Nabokov’s grandparents were buried, you will go by bus to the Samson Vyrin
Museum in the village of Vyra. This literary museum is named after a character
from The Postmaster,a story by Alexander Pushkin which Nabokov esteemed highly.
The exhibits lovingly recreate a 19th-century postmaster’s house. At the end of
the trip, you may have dinner at the Samson Vyrin restaurant down the road.


Costs:
• $40 per person (for a group of 5 and more), including transportation

• Dinner at Samson Vyrin Restaurant (not included ) - $ 5-10 per person.

Tour of Nabokov Sites in St. Petersburg

Part I

This is a 2-hour walking tour of Nabokov sites in the vicinity of St. Isaac’s
Square and Bolshaya Morskaya Street. You will see parts of the St. Petersburg
that were most familiar to Vladimir Nabokov as a child: the Alexandrovsky
Garden with its monument to Przhevalsky (the explorer of Central Asia and one
of the prototypes of Konstantin Godunov-Cherdyntsev in The Gift); the house on
the Admiralty Embankment that belonged to Nabokov’s grandfather, Ivan
Rukavishnikov; and the former English Shop on Nevsky, from where “all sorts of
snug, mellow things came in a steady procession” to the anglophile Nabokovs.
You will also see and hear literary stories about the St. Isaac’s Cathedral,
the monument to Peter the Great (the Bronze Horseman), the Neva Embankment, and
the Palace Square.

Length: 2 hours.
Cost: $10 per person.






Tour of Nabokov Sites in St.Petersburg

Part II.

This bus tour will allow you to follow Vladimir Nabokov’s morning route from the
house in Bolshaya Morskaya Steet to the Tenishev School in Mokhovaya Street,
which he attended from 1911 to 1917. Nabokov’s character Luzhin would go to his
school in a horse-drawn carriage along this route, too. Thanks to The Defense
and Speak, Memory we know which buildings along the route used to attract
Nabokov’s attention. All of them are still around. You will stop at several
places and get off the bus to look at the former Tenishev school, which is now
Theater Academy. After that you will ride to Sergiyevskaya Street to see
“Luzhin’s Aunt’s house.” The apartment building where Nabokov’s first love
Lyussya Shulgina (“Tamara” from Speak, Memory as well as his “Mary”) lived is
nearby. You will also see the house where Vera Slonim grew up.

The bus will also stop by the Tauride Gardens, with its two landmarks, the
building where the First Russian Duma met (Nabokov’s father was a member of the
First Duma) and the nearby Suvorov Museum. The gardens and the museum are the
haunts of young lovers in Speak, Memory and Mary.

Many artists and writers of the “Silver Age” lived in this area. The term
“Silver Age,” coined by the poet Anna Akhmatova, describes Russian Culture of
the early 20th century. In one of his letters to Edmund Wilson Nabokov wrote
about it: “I am a product of that period, I was bred in that atmosphere.” At
the end of the tour you will see the famous Tower of the poet Vyacheslav
Ivanov, the Muruzi House, and other literary places.

Length: 3 hours.
Cost: $20 per person.

Tour of Dostoevsky Sites in St. Petersburg

Although Vladimir Nabokov did not like Dostoevsky, St. Petersburg’s history is
inseparable from the life of this writer and his characters. On this walking
tour you will explore the setting of most of Dostoevsky’s novels and short
stories. Your guide will take you around the Haymarket district, where the
events of Crime and Punishment took place (the writer himself once lived in the
area). The tour will end at the Dostoevsky Memorial Museum. The tour is
conducted by the Dostoyevsky Museum guides.

Length: 3 hours.
Cost: $15 per person.


Tour of the Pushkinsky Dom Institute & Museum

The Pushkinsky Dom Institute was set up with the purpose to preserve Alexander
Pushkin’s literary heritage. Besides being Russia’s leading center of literary
studies it is known for its Literary Museum. The museum collection includes
manuscripts and memorabilia of Pushkin, Lermontov, Gogol, Dostoevsky, Tolstoy,
and other Russian writers. The tour is guided by the Pushkinsky Dom staff, with
translation.

Length: 2.5 hours.

Cost: $15 per person .

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Application Form for NABOKOV 101 in St. Petersburg. July, 20... (



EDNOTE. Please return this completed form to Tatyana Ponomareva, Director of the
VN Museum at VNABOKOV@MAIL,WPLUS.NET
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Vladimir Nabokov International Summer School 2005 Application Form



Full Name:



Date of birth:



Citizenship:



Address:



Contact Phone:



Email:



Fax:



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Brief Educational History:


Where did you learn about our school:





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VLADIMIR NABOKOV INTERNATIONAL SUMMER SCHOOL



JULY 25 – AUGUST 3, 2005



General Information


On July 25- August 3, 2005 Vladimir Nabokov Museum, St.Petrsburg will hold its Sixth International Summer School.

Vladimir Nabokov International Summer School ( Nabokov 101) was established by the Vladimir Nabokov Museum in 2000. Every year it brings together Nabokov students from all over the world and internationally known Nabokov scholars. Our summer school provides a unique opportunity to study Nabokov’s art in the Nabokov House, in the athmosphere that inspired the writer.

All classes and guided tours are conducted in English.

After completing the program, the students receive a Certificate and, if required, a personal letter of recommendation from the professor.




Faculty
One series of seminars will be conducted by Prof. Donald Barton Johnson (University of California at Santa-Barbara), among the world’s leading authorities on Vladimir Nabokov, one of the founders of the International Vladimir Nabokov Society and Nabokov Studies, author of Worlds in Regression: Some Novels of Vladimir Nabokov , moderator of the Vladimir Nabokov Forum.

The other series of seminars will be conducted by other distinguished Nabokov scholars each focusing on the topic of his/her current research.

Details on courses and reading lists will be e-mailed to all the applicants .



Schedule
Seminars will begin on July 25 (Monday) and continue through August 3 (Wednesday) with one day-off in the middle of the program. There will be 8 days of seminars in all, with two 1,5 hour seminars every day. Also, an optional full-day trip to the former Nabokov estates will be offered on one of the days.



First series of seminars begins at 10.00

Second series begins at 12.00

Coffee break is from 11.30 to 12.00



Tours
In addition, optional guided tours of Nabokov sites and other literary points of interest in St.Petersburg will be offered by the Museum. Please find the description of some of the tours below.



Program costs



2005 tuition cost is $500. It covers participation in seminars, coffee-breaks, handouts, use of museum computers (with instant Internet access), use of museum library and a guided tour of the Nabokov House & Museum.



Other costs (not included)






Visa invitation & registration *
$40-50

Accommodation in St.Petersburg (arranged by the Museum at student’s request):
Homestay
Hotel


$15-60 a day
$60-150 a day




Lunches
$3-8 a day

Guided tours
$10-40 per tour




* Detailed information on how to obtain a Russian visa will be sent to applicants upon request.



Application and payment.



Participants can apply by e-mailing the application form to Tatyana Ponomareva, Museum Director at vnabokov@mail.wplus.net. The deadline for accepting applications is June 1. We require a deposit of $100 payable to the Friends of Nabokov Museum, Inc. (tax-deductible for US citizens).

Tuition balance must be paid on the participant’s arrival to St.Petersburg.



Description of guided tours:

Tour of Nabokov Estates in Rozhdestveno and Vyra

A full-day field trip to the Nabokov family estates in the Gatchina area near St. Petersburg (about 50 miles from the city) will take you to the villages of Rozhdestveno and Vyra. Vladimir Nabokov spent almost all summers and some winters in the Vyra estate that belonged to his mother, paying frequent visits to his uncle’s Rozhdestveno and to his grandmother’s Batovo. The locale formed the setting for his novels Mary, The Defense, The Gift, and Ada as well as his short stories. Nabokov wrote about the area, with its beautiful scenery and special landmarks, in Speak, Memory:

”Diagrammatically, the three family estates on the Oredezh, fifty miles south of St. Petersburg, may be represented as three linked rings in a ten-mile chain running west-east across the Luga highway, with my mother’s Vyra in the middle, her brother’s Rozhdestveno on the right, and my grandmother’s Batovo on the left, the links being the bridges across the Oredezh (properly Oredezh’) which, in its winding, branching, and looping course, bathed Vyra on either side.”

The guided tour will begin from the middle of the three rings, Vyra. You will visit the site of the Nabokovs’ house on the bank of the Oredezh River. The house did not survive World War II, but some minor structures, formerly belonging to the estate, remain. And so do some of the old trees –“a certain spot in the forest, a footbridge across a brown brook...” From there we will take you to the Roshdestveno estate, “with its white-pillared mansion on a green, escarped hill and its two thousand acres of wildwood and peatbog.” The mansion, nearly destroyed by fire in 1995, is now under restoration.
There you will be able to get a spectacular bird-eye’s view of the area from the top-floor Rotunda.

After a visit to the Rozhdestveno church, and the family vault where Vladimir Nabokov’s grandparents were buried, you will go by bus to the Samson Vyrin Museum in the village of Vyra. This literary museum is named after a character from The Postmaster,a story by Alexander Pushkin which Nabokov esteemed highly. The exhibits lovingly recreate a 19th-century postmaster’s house. At the end of the trip, you may have dinner at the Samson Vyrin restaurant down the road.


Costs:
• $40 per person (for a group of 5 and more), including transportation

• Dinner at Samson Vyrin Restaurant (not included ) - $ 5-10 per person.

Tour of Nabokov Sites in St. Petersburg

Part I

This is a 2-hour walking tour of Nabokov sites in the vicinity of St. Isaac’s Square and Bolshaya Morskaya Street. You will see parts of the St. Petersburg that were most familiar to Vladimir Nabokov as a child: the Alexandrovsky Garden with its monument to Przhevalsky (the explorer of Central Asia and one of the prototypes of Konstantin Godunov-Cherdyntsev in The Gift); the house on the Admiralty Embankment that belonged to Nabokov’s grandfather, Ivan Rukavishnikov; and the former English Shop on Nevsky, from where “all sorts of snug, mellow things came in a steady procession” to the anglophile Nabokovs. You will also see and hear literary stories about the St. Isaac’s Cathedral, the monument to Peter the Great (the Bronze Horseman), the Neva Embankment, and the Palace Square.

Length: 2 hours.
Cost: $10 per person.






Tour of Nabokov Sites in St.Petersburg

Part II.

This bus tour will allow you to follow Vladimir Nabokov’s morning route from the house in Bolshaya Morskaya Steet to the Tenishev School in Mokhovaya Street, which he attended from 1911 to 1917. Nabokov’s character Luzhin would go to his school in a horse-drawn carriage along this route, too. Thanks to The Defense and Speak, Memory we know which buildings along the route used to attract Nabokov’s attention. All of them are still around. You will stop at several places and get off the bus to look at the former Tenishev school, which is now Theater Academy. After that you will ride to Sergiyevskaya Street to see “Luzhin’s Aunt’s house.” The apartment building where Nabokov’s first love Lyussya Shulgina (“Tamara” from Speak, Memory as well as his “Mary”) lived is nearby. You will also see the house where Vera Slonim grew up.

The bus will also stop by the Tauride Gardens, with its two landmarks, the building where the First Russian Duma met (Nabokov’s father was a member of the First Duma) and the nearby Suvorov Museum. The gardens and the museum are the haunts of young lovers in Speak, Memory and Mary.

Many artists and writers of the “Silver Age” lived in this area. The term “Silver Age,” coined by the poet Anna Akhmatova, describes Russian Culture of the early 20th century. In one of his letters to Edmund Wilson Nabokov wrote about it: “I am a product of that period, I was bred in that atmosphere.” At the end of the tour you will see the famous Tower of the poet Vyacheslav Ivanov, the Muruzi House, and other literary places.

Length: 3 hours.
Cost: $20 per person.

Tour of Dostoevsky Sites in St. Petersburg

Although Vladimir Nabokov did not like Dostoevsky, St. Petersburg’s history is inseparable from the life of this writer and his characters. On this walking tour you will explore the setting of most of Dostoevsky’s novels and short stories. Your guide will take you around the Haymarket district, where the events of Crime and Punishment took place (the writer himself once lived in the area). The tour will end at the Dostoevsky Memorial Museum. The tour is conducted by the Dostoyevsky Museum guides.

Length: 3 hours.
Cost: $15 per person.


Tour of the Pushkinsky Dom Institute & Museum

The Pushkinsky Dom Institute was set up with the purpose to preserve Alexander Pushkin’s literary heritage. Besides being Russia’s leading center of literary studies it is known for its Literary Museum. The museum collection includes manuscripts and memorabilia of Pushkin, Lermontov, Gogol, Dostoevsky, Tolstoy, and other Russian writers. The tour is guided by the Pushkinsky Dom staff, with translation.

Length: 2.5 hours.

Cost: $15 per person .






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