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Martin Kevorkian, Chair CAL 226, Mailcode B5000, Austin, TX 78712 • 512-471-4991

Fall 2006

E 322 • Vladimir Nabokov: Life and Art

Unique Days Time Location Instructor
35200 MWF
2:00 PM-3:00 PM
MEZ 1.120

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

Participation 10%
2 (8 pages each) papers and one rewrite 70%
Exam 20%


The Defense
Invitation to a Beheading

Secondary texts: individual chapters from--
V. Nabokov, Speak, Memory
V. Alexandrov, The Garland Companion to VN
B. Boyd, VN The Russian Years & VN The American Years


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