Vladimir Nabokov

About The Nabokovian

The Nabokovian is the official website and journal of the International Vladimir Nabokov Society. The Society and journal were founded in 1978 by Nabokov’s former student and close family friend Stephen Jan Parker the year after Nabokov's death. In 2018 the website came online subsuming the former email-based communication forum NABOKV-L that operated from 1993-2018. Activities of the Society, journal, and website are supported by the Vladimir Nabokov Literary Foundation and furthered by the many persons dedicated to the study of the life and works of Nabokov.

History: For a fuller history of The Nabokovian and the field of Nabokov Studies, see Stephen Blackwell's essay here

Membership: Visitors can register for the site for free and contribute to its development.  You are also invited to become a member of the International Vladimir Nabokov Society (click here to join). We welcome participation in all aspects of this website by providing news about your own or others' work or forthcoming conferences; engaging in discussion forums; and offering information of any kind relevant to Nabokov's life, works, and legacy. Researchers may submit Notes for peer review and publication in the Nabokovian journal (here is how).


The cover of The Nabokovian Number 73, Fall 2014, with Nabokov's 1969 drawing for Véra of the invented butterfly Paradisia radugaleta, an image that had adorned the cover of the Nabokovian since number 5


Editorial Board:

Stephen H. Blackwell (General Editor), University of Tennessee at Knoxville

Brian Boyd, University of Auckland

Dana Dragunoiu (Associate Editor), Carleton University, Ottawa

Zoran Kuzmanovich, Davidson College

Eric Naiman (Editor of The Nabokovian "Notes and Brief Commentaries"), University of California at Berkeley

Stanislav Shvabrin (Associate Editor), University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Diana Makhaldiani (Webmaster)


Other Site Management Roles:

Art Editor: Diana Makhaldiani

Development Editor: Shakeeb Arzoo

Photographs Editor: Gerard de Vries

Founding Webmaster: Dmitry Kirsanov


Key Contributors to website development (by initials):

Key Contributors to website development (by initials):

AN     Akiko Nakata, Prof., Nanzan University, akknkt[at]lilac[dot]plala[dot]or[dot]jp. Annotations: Transparent Things.

AT      Anastasia Tolstoy, Dr, Wolfson College, Oxford, anastasia[dot]tolstoy[at]wolfson[dot]ox[dot]ac[dot]uk. Annotations: King, Queen, Knave.

BB     Brian Boyd, Prof., English and Drama, University of Auckland, b[dot]boyd[at]auckland[dot]ac[dot]nz. Abbreviations; Annotations: Ada, Speak, Memory; Chronology; Conferences; Past Conferences; Nabokovian Back Issues; Nabokovians; Websites; web content design, text, and editing.

CK     Chloë Kitzinger, Russian, Rutgers University. Annotations: Lecture on Leo Tolstoy.

DD     Dana Dragunoiu, English, Carleton University, Ottawa, DanaDragunoiu[at]cunet[dot]carleton[dot]ca. Website general editor and Secretary of the International Vladimir Nabokov Society, 2018-21.

DK     Dmitry Kirsanov, Halifax. Website design, technical management and functionality. 

DR     David Rampton, Prof., English, University of Ottawa. Annotations: Strong Opinions.

MR     Matthew Roth, Prof., English, Messiah College, Grantham, Pennsylvania, mroth[at]messiah[dot]edu Annotations: Pale Fire.

SA    Shakeeb Arzoo, Kolkata, S_Arzoo[AT]outlook[dot]com. Place (Life), People (Life), Reading (Life), Characters (Works), Quotations, Bibliography: On VN.

SB     Stephen Blackwell, Prof., Russian, University of Tennessee, Knoxville, sblackwe[at]utk[dot]edu. Legacy (and neglected) Russian secondary bibliography; old Nabokovian materials; Annotations: Glory; web content design, text, and editing.

TP      Tatiana Ponomareva, Director, Vladimir Nabokov Museum, St. Petersburg, tonegina[at]gmail[dot]com. Russian secondary bibliography (new); Nabokov extended-family materials.

TW    Tadashi Wakashima, Prof., Kyoto University, tadashi[at]hcn[dot]zaq[dot]ne[dot]jp. Annotations: The Defense.

ZK     Zoran Kuzmanovich, Prof., English and Media Studies, Davidson College. zokuzmanovich[at]davidson[dot]edu. Annotations: Bend Sinister,  Bibliography (Theses), Impact: Writers on VN, web content design, text, and editing.