VLADIMIR NABOKOV INTERNATIONAL SUMMER SCHOOL
On July 25-
International Summer School ( Nabokov 101) was established by the
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.
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 .
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
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.
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 *
Accommodation in St.Petersburg (arranged by the
Museum at student’s request):
$3-8 a day
$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 firstname.lastname@example.org. 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:
of Nabokov Estates in Rozhdestveno and Vyra
A full-day field trip to the Nabokov family estates in the Gatchina area near
”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
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
• $40 per person (for a group of 5 and more), including transportation
• Dinner at Samson Vyrin Restaurant (not included ) - $ 5-10 per
Tour of Nabokov Sites in
This is a 2-hour walking tour of Nabokov sites in the vicinity of St. Isaac’s Square and
Length: 2 hours.
Cost: $10 per person.
Tour of Nabokov Sites in St.Petersburg
This bus tour will allow you to follow Vladimir Nabokov’s morning route from the house in Bolshaya Morskaya Steet to the
The bus will also stop by the
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
Although Vladimir Nabokov did not like Dostoevsky,
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
Length: 2.5 hours.
$15 per person .