News

Welcome to The Nabokovian!

Submitted by stephen_blackwell on Thu, 02/28/2019 - 06:29
Welcome to the official site of the International Vladimir Nabokov Society (IVNS)! You can access most of the site as you wish, but to add to or edit material wiki-style, as we would love you to do, you will have to register to the site by following the protocol spelled out below.

Announcement from Yuri Leving, Editor of NOJ

Submitted by dana_dragunoiu on Fri, 03/27/2020 - 14:58

Dear NOJ friends, members of the Editorial Board and the authors of Vol. XIII:

I would like to thank you all for your wonderful cooperation and for making this issue of the Nabokov Online Journal possible - despite the unfolding crisis! In addition to launching the new issue, we've made our entire digital archive free. You are welcome to forward this link to peers and friends, and to all those who might find solace these days in reading VN or anything related to his legacy: http://www.nabokovonline.com/news.html

We are humbled and grateful to The Vladimir Nabokov Literary Foundation for their generous support.

CALL FOR PAPERS MLA CONVENTION 2021

Submitted by dana_dragunoiu on Tue, 03/03/2020 - 12:05

For its next session at the MLA Convention 2021 (7-10 January, Toronto), the IVNS welcomes proposals on the following theme:

Playing with/for Time: Nabokov's Persistent Images

Nabokov created persistent images (visual and other), which mark readers' minds not unlike the phenomenon of retinal persistence. How do such images survive, confer timelessness to his fiction, or anchor it in a specific temporality?

Please send a 250-word abstract to Lara Delage-Toriel (ldelage@unistra.fr) and a short bio by March 24th, 2020.

Announcing 2020 Prizes for Writing on Nabokov

Submitted by dana_dragunoiu on Mon, 02/10/2020 - 09:20

The International Vladimir Nabokov Society (IVNS) is currently seeking submissions for its 2020 Prizes, generously funded by the Vladimir Nabokov Literary Foundation, for excellence in undergraduate and graduate-level work, published articles, and books. Work can be self-nominated. The deadline for nominations is April 30th.

Founded in 1978, the IVNS exists to promote the study and appreciation of Nabokov's work and awards annual prizes for outstanding essays and books in Nabokov studies.

Lolita in the #MeToo Era at ASEEES November 2020

Submitted by dana_dragunoiu on Sat, 02/08/2020 - 14:11
Dear Nabokovians: It is my pleasure to announce the following panel to be held at next year's ASEEES Convention in Washington, DC. The panel is organized by Dr. Elena Rakhimova-Sommers, editor of two books on Nabokov: Teaching Nabokov’s Lolita in the #MeToo Era (Rowman & Littlefield, forthcoming 2020) and Nabokov’s Women: The Silent Sisterhood of Textual Nomads (Rowman & Littlefield, 2017).

Call for Renewal of Memberships!

Submitted by dana_dragunoiu on Sat, 01/18/2020 - 07:54

Dear Members of International Vladimir Nabokov Society:

Happy New Year to you all and I hope this message finds you well. May 2020 bring us all only happy tidings.

It is the time of year to renew our IVNS memberships. Those of you who joined the Society or renewed your memberships since November 1, 2019, don’t need to do anything. Your memberships are active until the end of December 2020. 

In everyone else’s case, the time has come to renew your membership. Please go to the link below to complete your renewal:

https://thenabokovian.org/become-member

Announcement from the International Vladimir Nabokov Society: Change in Leadership

Submitted by dana_dragunoiu on Thu, 01/09/2020 - 12:01

We are pleased to announce that Siggy Frank, from Nottingham University (UK), has just been elected vice-president  of the IVNS by its members. Lara Delage-Toriel, from Strasbourg University (France), is now president of the IVNS. She wishes to thank our outgoing president, Thomas Karshan (East Anglia, UK), for his efficient and levelheaded dedication to the IVNS during his mandate as president.

As we enter a new decade of the 21st century, we hope to continue to promote research on and knowledge of Nabokov's work to the best of our capacities, and gladly welcome suggestions and projects which might support the IVNS's mission. Please don't hesitate to get in touch with us.

Nabokov Secondary Bibliography: Bibliography: ON Nabokov

Submitted by Brian_Boyd on Tue, 01/07/2020 - 19:13

Dear Nabokovians,

The Nabokov secondary bibliography is now ready for use. It has been a difficult task importing the old Zembla secondary bibliography, which was up to date to 2009, into the system. This is done, and ready for use, and now we want you both to use the bibliography and to bring it up to the present.

We very much count on our users to correct and augment the bibliography, which is decidedly a work in progress, and, to remain useful, will always be so.

Ada Annotations 2-1

Submitted by Brian_Boyd on Fri, 01/03/2020 - 22:55

The Annotations to Ada 2-1 are now ready and available here. Enjoy! Thanks as usual to Steve Blackwell for casting an attentive and imaginative editorial eye over this instalment. The Annotations to Ada 43-1 will shortly become available on AdaOnline with hyperlinks and illustrations added.

Brian Boyd 

Think, Write, Speak

Submitted by Brian_Boyd on Mon, 12/09/2019 - 20:30

You probably realize that Think, Write, Speak has published in both the US and the UK, but you may not know that it was named as a Book of the Year in the TLS by William Boyd (no relation) and Zinovny Zinik (ditto). Indeed it was the only English-language work to be chosen by more than one writer; the book of the year list was even headed "Think, Read, Speak." So unless you buy it first yourself, do let Santa know!

Brian Boyd

 

 

Nabokov interview with Bernard Pivot (1975)

Submitted by Brian_Boyd on Thu, 11/07/2019 - 16:19

This interview with Bernard Pivot, on his extremely popular television booktalk show, Apostrophes, will appear in Nabokov's Think, Write, Speak: Uncollected Essays, Reviews, Interviews, and Letters to the Editor, forthcoming in the next two weeks from Knopf (New York) and Penguin (London), and co-edited by Anastasia Tolstoy and myself. The TLS allowed less than 24 hours to correct proofs and because of the time difference did not get my revisions until too late. I would have changed the introduction (edited by them from mine to the book version) to read:

 

Number 78 (Fall 2019) The Nabokovian Posted!

Submitted by dana_dragunoiu on Sun, 10/13/2019 - 11:57

The Fall 2019 issue of The Nabokovian, edited by Professor Priscilla Meyer, is now posted. The issue showcases contributions by Gavriel Shapiro, Shakeeb Arzoo, and Stephen Blackwell. Please note that access to The Nabokovian is contingent upon being a paying member of the International Vladimir Nabokov Society. IVNS can be joined here.  Recent issues of Notes and Brief commentaries can be found here.

Maurice Couturier writes letter to Le Monde

Submitted by dana_dragunoiu on Sun, 09/29/2019 - 06:28

Maurice Couturier, president of honour of the Société Française Vladimir Nabokov, has written a letter to Le Monde on the subject of Nabokov's absence from its list of 100 novels that have excited its critics since 1944. The letter is pasted below:

Un surprenant absent parmi les « 100 meilleurs romans du Monde »

Maurice Couturier

Traducteur et spécialiste de Nabokov, éditeur de ses romans dans la

Bibliothèque de la Pléiade, je m’étonne de ne pas trouver Lolita ou Ada

dans votre classement des 100 romans qui ont « le plus enthousiasmé »

vos critiques depuis 1944, ni même le nom de cet auteur dans la liste

Welcome to our two new Associate Editors!

Submitted by dana_dragunoiu on Thu, 08/08/2019 - 07:36

It is my pleasure to announce that Drs. Gerard de Vries and Stanislav Shvabrin have been appointed by the Board of IVNS to serve in the capacity of Associate Editors of The Nabokovian. 

This appointment will enable the site to grow and expand. 

In my capacity of General Editor, I wish to thank Drs. de Vries and Shvabrin for their generous willingness to serve as Associate Editors.

With best wishes to all,

Dana