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Mary Neuburger, Director BUR 452, 2505 University Avenue, Stop F3600, Austin, TX 78712 • 512-471-3607

Fall 2008

REE 325 • Vladimir Nabokov: Life and Art-W

Unique Days Time Location Instructor
45660 MWF
2:00 PM-3:00 PM
BUR 134

Course Description

This course will explore Vladimir Nabokov's prose fiction written in Germany and America. All of Nabokov's novels are famous for their displays of artifice, narrative games, elaborate patterning, and language puzzles. We will study these artistic techniques in relation to the author's complex life; one of a young Russian nobleman, a destitute émigré living in Germany and Paris, a lepidopterist and professor of literature in America, and finally a wealthy and much regarded European man of letters. Emphasis will be placed on the primary texts, but some secondary readings will be included to show how Nabokov has been read by critics. Movies based on Nabokov's novels will be viewed as well.

Grading Policy

2 8-page papers & 1 re-write 70% 10 minute presentation 10% Final 20%


Mary The Defense Invitation to a Beheading Lolita Pnin Despair Glory Speak Memory (individual chapters) Secondary texts: V. Alexandrov's The Garland Companion to VN B. Boyd's VN The Russian Years & VN The American Years


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