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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]




New "Notes and Brief Annotations" (Fall 2023)

Submitted by stephen_blackwell on Sun, 09/17/2023 - 10:55

A new issue of "Notes" has just arrived, thanks to Eric Naiman and his peer-review team. Newer "Notes" are now open to all; older issues of The Nabokovian are gradually being moved to the free-access area as well. Please submit your short articles of notes and commentaries for the Spring 2024 edition (Deadline is February 1st). 

Ada Annotations 2-10 available on this website and 2-8 on AdaOnline

Submitted by Brian_Boyd on Mon, 08/07/2023 - 00:12

Dear Nabokovians,

The latest of the annotations to Ada, instalment 53, Pt 2 Ch 10, 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.

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

Enjoy! Let me know if you see any errors needing correction.

Nabokov Readings (online), July 20-22

Submitted by stephen_blackwell on Wed, 07/19/2023 - 08:46

The next instalment of Nabokov Readings will take place starting tomorrow: 

From Tatiana Ponomareva: July 20-22 The Institute of Russian Literature will hold the annual Nabokov Readings conference.  The papers will cover a wide variety of topics, including Nabokov's poetics, his position among other Russian emigre authors, biographical studies.  All the papers this year will be presented in Russian. 

The program is available at the conference's website.

Program of the International Conference: "Vladimir Nabokov: Writing Nature" - Lausanne - June 27-30, 2023

Submitted by Marie Bouchet on Fri, 06/16/2023 - 02:41

The final program of the upcoming Lausanne/Montreux international conference organized by the French Vladimir Nabokov Society is online:


It will not be possible to attend the conference remotely, but a selection of papers will be published later on.

Conference Organizers: Marie Bouchet, Agnès Edel-Roy, Julie Loison-Charles, Léopold Reigner, Ekaterina Velmezova, Boris Vejdovsky