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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]




Symposium "Migration and Disciplinary Borders" - Oct. 21, 2022 - Toulouse, France

Submitted by Marie Bouchet on Sat, 10/08/2022 - 16:22

The second symposium of the "Nabokov: Education Without Borders" Program initiated by the French Vladimir Nabokov Society is to take place on October 21, 2022, in Toulouse, France.

Its subject is: "Disciplinary Hospitality and Indiscipline: Migration and Disciplinary Borders, from Vladimir Nabokov's Example"


Marie Bouchet marie.bouchet@univ-tlse2.fr

Isabelle Poulin isabelle.poulin@u-bordeaux-montaigne.fr

CFP: Vladimir Nabokov: writing nature/écrire la nature (Lausanne 27-30 June)

Submitted by dana_dragunoiu on Sat, 09/10/2022 - 05:58

International Vladimir Nabokov Conference

Vladimir Nabokov : writing nature / écrire la nature

Владимир Набоков: описывая природу


Lausanne, Montreux, Montricher -- 27-30 juin 2023 

Faire défiler pour le français.

Информацию по-русски см. ниже.



Marie Bouchet, University of Toulouse

Agnès Edel-Roy, University of Paris Est Créteil

Julie Loison-Charles, University of Lille

Ekaterina Velmezova, University of Lausanne

IVNS Donation to HIAS

Submitted by dana_dragunoiu on Tue, 08/16/2022 - 05:54

Christopher Link, Treasurer of IVNS, would like to report that the International Vladimir Nabokov Society has made a donation in the amount of 1207.78 USD to HIAS, the refugee rescue organization that sponsored Nabokov’s escape from Europe.  As announced in an earlier post, the IVNS decided at the start of the war in Ukraine to donate all member dues collected between March 11 and May 1 of this year to HIAS. The donation was made "in Honor of Vladimir Nabokov" and has been specifically earmarked by HIAS for their Ukraine crisis response.

Announcing 83rd issue (Fall 2022) of The Nabokovian: Notes and Brief Commentaries

Submitted by dana_dragunoiu on Tue, 08/02/2022 - 07:25

Eric Naiman is pleased to announce the publication of the Fall 2022 issue of The Nabokovian: Notes and Brief Commentaries. Thank you, Eric, for another roster of exciting new Nabokoviana!

Erik Eklund, Do Not Be Angry at the Moon: Pale Fire and the Old English Boethius

Matthew Roth, "Together Unto the Tomb": Orphic Undercurrents in "The Return of Chorb"

Kathryn Haydon debuts her recitation of "Pale Fire" on 63rd anniversary of John Shade's death and VD Nabokov's 152nd birthday

Submitted by dana_dragunoiu on Thu, 07/21/2022 - 05:34

Dear Nabokovians,

I am both excited and anxious to share this labor of love and obsession for your amusement on this, the 63rd anniversary of John Shade's death and Vladimir Dmitrievich Nabokov's 152nd birthday. In the linked video I recite in full "Pale Fire," which I committed to memory in 8 weeks earlier this year.

Thank you to the board members of the IVNS, especially Dana Dragunoiu and Stanislav Shvabrin, who encouraged me to make this video, and the wonderful Nabokovians at the Hidden Nabokov conference in Wellesley who listened to my live performance of lines 665-834 on June 19th.