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From No. 8, Spring 1982 (Vladimir Nabokov Research Newsletter)

Professor Nabokov: A Review Essay
by Stephen Jan Parker

[Steve Parker (1939-2016) was a student of Nabokov's at Cornell, and a Professor at the University of Kansas; he was the founder of the Vladimir Nabokov Society (as it was then called) in 1978, and of its newsletter long edited by him, which became The Nabokovian and eventually "TheNabokovian.org."]

One may presume that with the appearance of Lectures on Russian Literature (Harcourt Brace Jovanovich & Bruccoli Clark, New York, 1981), following Lectures on Literature (1980), the public has now been given what is expected to be the complete record of Vladimir Nabokov's classroom teachings. If this is the case, then the reader of the two volumes of Lectures will come away with incomplete knowledge of both the content and approach that Nabokov brought to his courses. [Read More]




IVNS Vice-Presidential Election: now through Dec. 11

Submitted by stephen_blackwell on Sun, 11/26/2023 - 18:25

The election for the next IVNS Vice President (who serves for two years before becoming president) is under way. We have two outstanding candidates: Matthew Roth and Adam Weiner. Secret ballots have been emailed to all members. The candidate statements are below for your reference. Deadline to vote is Dec. 11.

Matthew Roth:

Nabokov Readings Seminar: Dec 8

Submitted by stephen_blackwell on Thu, 11/16/2023 - 07:29

On December 8 at 18.00 St. Petersburg time the Institute of Russian Literature will hold its next online seminar.  Olga Voronina will speak about her recently published book  "Secret Writing: Nabokov's Archive of Subtexts". The book offers keys to Nabokov's works of the 1930s-1950s : Speak, Memory, Laughter in the Dark, The Vane Sisters, Lance, Ultima Thule, Pnin, Lolita.  

IVNS Prizes for 2023 Announced

Submitted by stephen_blackwell on Wed, 11/08/2023 - 12:24

Congratulations to the new winners of the IVNS prizes! This year's winners are: Gennady Barabtarlo Prize for Best Scholarly Essay: Erik Eklund, “’The Name of God has Priority’: ‘God’ and the Apophatic Element in Vladimir Nabokov’s Pale Fire”; Dieter E.

Annotations to Ada, 54: Part 2 Chapter 11

Submitted by Brian_Boyd on Tue, 11/07/2023 - 20:21

Dear Nabokovians,

The latest of the annotations to Ada, instalment 54, Pt 2 Ch 11, is now available here to members of the International Vladimir Nabokov Society.  If you have not yet done so, you can join the Society here.

This takes us to the end of Part Two and to three-quarters of the way through Ada

As usual, a huge thanks to Stephen Blackwell and Diana Makhaldiani for their scrupulous attention to detail and their suggestions for improvements and additions.

Recommended reading: Robert Michael Pyle, Magdalena Mountain

Submitted by Brian_Boyd on Tue, 11/07/2023 - 20:08

Dear all,

            Especially for those who attended the wonderful Lausanne “Nabokov: Writing Nature” conference in June and enjoyed Bob Pyle’s generous participation and his pointers to the Erebia butterflies on the Rochers de Naye above Montreux, but for all Nabokovians with an interest in nature and novels: