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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]
Fri, 03/04/2022 - 16:24
The Board of the International Vladimir Nabokov Society condemns the Putin regime’s invasion of Ukraine as an act of aggression against a sovereign state. We stand with the Ukrainian people during these dark times and reiterate our commitment to the close personal and professional links with all our Ukrainian and Russian fellow Nabokov scholars, colleagues and friends who oppose Putin’s war against Ukraine.
Thu, 02/24/2022 - 09:24
The International Vladimir Nabokov Society is currently seeking submissions for its 2022 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. Instructors are invited to nominate students. The deadline for nominations is April 30th, 2022. The list of prizes can be viewed here.
Founded in 1978, the IVNS exists to promote the study and appreciation of Nabokov's work and awards prizes each year for outstanding essays and books in the field of Nabokov Studies.
At the beginning of July, Nabokov's 25 readings presented the almanac titled Nabokov's Europe. Alexey Filimonov and Evgeny Lazerow are co-editors of the anthology. The publication consists of two volumes, which include art works by Nabokovians and scientific works, translations of Nabokov's poems, and biographical material. The works of famous and novice Nabokov researchers from different countries are published in Russian and English.
Gennady Barabtarlo's beautifully designed edition of Nabokov on dreams. Its core is Nabokov's 1964-65 experiment of recording his dreams to test J.W. Dunne's An Experiment with Time (1927), to see if any of his dreams were retrospectively precognitive. Also included are other dreams from Nabokov's diaries, and categorized references to dreams in his other work, with GB's commentary, and reflections on dreams, death, and time in Nabokov. Lavishly illustrated with images, especially of Nabokov's index cards and diaries, in the manner of The Original of Laura.
Andrei Babikov's edition of Nabokov's correspondence with his friend Mikhail Karpovich, the Harvard historian of Russia, edited, with full notes, from originals in the Nabokov archive of the Berg Collection at the New York Public Library, the Nabokov papers in the Library of Congress, and the Bakhmeteff Archive at Columbia, has recently been published in Russian:
Nabokov, Vladimir. Perepiska s Mikhaylom Karpovichem: 1933-1959. Ed. Andrei A. Babikov. Moscow: Litfakt, 2018. 160pp., ill. ISBN 978-5-9500994-0-3.