Spring 2023 not offered
Vladimir Nabokov--brilliant writer, outrageous literary gamesman, and cosmopolitan exile--is a towering figure of 20th-century literature. His most famous novel, "Lolita," propelled him to international stardom and changed the transnational literary landscape. Child of a turbulent century, Nabokov wrote exquisite and at times disturbing prose in Russian and English, balancing between imaginary worlds and harsh realities. This seminar offers a sustained exploration of Nabokov's major Russian and American writings as well as film adaptations of his "Despair" (Rainer Werner Fassbinder) and "Lolita" (Stanley Kubrick). We will consider memory, exile, trauma, nostalgia, and identity as we read Nabokov, who saw existence as a "series of footnotes to a vast, obscure, unfinished masterpiece."
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|Course Format: Seminar||Grading Mode: Student Option|
||Fulfills a Major Requirement for: (COL)(REES-MN)
Vladimir Nabokov, Despair; Pnin; Lolita; Pale Fire; Speak, Memory.
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Weekly written reading responses and two papers (ca. 10 pp).
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The course is conducted in English. No knowledge of Russian is required.
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