Spring 2016

Seminar on One Writer: Vladimir Nabokov

Listed in: Russian, as RUSS-225

Formerly listed as: ENGL-75  |  ENGL-95  |  RUSS-25


Polina Barskova (Section 01)


An attentive reading of works spanning Nabokov’s entire career, both as a Russian and English (or “Amero-Russian”) author, including autobiographical and critical writings, as well as his fiction and poetry. Special attention will be given to Nabokov’s lifelong meditation on the elusiveness of experienced time and on writing’s role as a supplement to loss and absence. Students will be encouraged to compare Nabokov’s many dramatizations of “invented worlds” and to consider them along with other Russian and Western texts, fictional and philosophical, that explore the mind’s defenses against exile and separation. All readings in English translation, with special assignments for those able to read Russian. One meetings per week.

Limited to 20 students. Not open to first-year students. Spring semester. Visiting professor Barskova.

Cost: 50.00 ?


Transnational or World Cultures Taught in English


2020-21: Offered in Fall 2020
Other years: Offered in Fall 2008, Spring 2011, Fall 2013, Spring 2016, Fall 2018, Fall 2020