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Classics from The Nabokovian

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]




Announcing: IVNS Research Grants (June 20, deadline)

Submitted by stephen_blackwell on Sat, 05/20/2023 - 07:40

The IVNS is pleased to announce a new research support program: small grants to help graduate students and independent scholars travel to access archival and other site-restricted materials. The maximum grant is $600, and the deadline is June 20, 2023. See this page for more information and a link to the application form.

General Editorship changes hands on May 1st

Submitted by dana_dragunoiu on Thu, 05/04/2023 - 04:54

Dear All:

It is with great pleasure that I share the following announcement: as of May 1st, the General Editor of TheNabokovian.org is Stephen Blackwell. Thank you, Steve, for taking over!

And thank you, everyone, for making my time as General Editor so rich in memorable interactions with fans of Nabokov from all over the world. 

Your former General Editor,



Next NABOKOV ONLINE SEMINAR (NOSE) May 11, at 9:30 am (EST)

Submitted by dana_dragunoiu on Fri, 04/28/2023 - 05:46

From Matt Roth, organizer of NOSE

I’m happy to announce that the next Nabokov Online Seminar will be held on 11 May at 9:30 AM (Eastern Time—US and Canada). This NOSE will be an Author Spotlight, featuring Julie Loison-Charles, who will present on her recent book, Vladimir Nabokov as an Author-Translator (Bloomsbury, 2022), followed by a conversation with Stanislav Shvabrin and a question-and-answer period. We expect the event to last 60-90 minutes. Zoom link below. I hope to see you there!

Matt Roth is inviting you to a scheduled Zoom meeting.

Topic: NOSE: Author Talk with Julie Loison-Charles