Seminar: Jane Mallison, Vladimir Nabokov: Four Books
online | for members only | $60 for the set of four sessions | registration required
Three facts about Vladimir Nabokov (1899-1977):
He was Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s writing teacher at Cornell University, and she credited him with forming her style.
He sometimes referred to himself as Vivian Darkbloom, an anagram of his name.
He had a collection of male blue butterfly genitalia, now housed at the Harvard Museum of Comparative Zoology.
Master teacher, logodaedalist, lepidopterist: Nabokov reveled in the fact that he and Shakespeare shared a birthday; otherwise, he is truly sui generis.
In this class we will read three of Nabokov’s novels – Pnin, Lolita, and Pale Fire - and his autobiography, Speak, Memory. Our emphasis will be on the pleasure of enjoying Nabokov’s originality and the intricacies of his style.
This seminar meets on four Thursdays:
January 28 - Pnin
February 18 - Speak, Memory
March 11 - Lolita
April 1 - Pale Fire
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