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.

RUSS 225 - L/D

Section 01
Th 12:00 PM - 02:30 PM WEBS 217

This is preliminary information about books for this course. Please contact your instructor or the Academic Coordinator for the department, before attempting to purchase these books.

ISBN Title Publisher Author(s) Comment Book Store Price
Defense Random Nabokov Amherst Books TBD
Nabokov: Novels 1955-1962 Random Nabokov Amherst Books TBD

These books are available locally at Amherst Books.


Other years: Offered in Fall 2008, Spring 2011, Fall 2013, Spring 2016, Fall 2018, Fall 2020, January 2022, Spring 2022, Fall 2022, Fall 2023