Nabokovians

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  • Adamovich, Georgy
  • Aisenberg, Joseph
  • Akikusa, Shun'ichiro (1979-) is Associate Professor of Nihon University. He obtained a doctorate from the University of Tokyo in 2009. His main focus is Nabokov’s translational work, including his specific self-translation and translation theory. Lately, he has also studied the circulation and publication of Nabokov’s works. He has translated some Nabokov’s works including his short stories and essays both in Russian and English into Japanese. Read more . . . 
  • Alexander, Victoria
  • Alexandrov, Vladimir
  • Alladaye, René
  • Alter, Robert (1935-  ), professor of Comparative Literature and Hebrew at University of California, Berkeley, is one of the most distinguished academic stylists and one of the deepest analysts of style to write about Nabokov, both in his own works and in relation to the traditions of self-conscious fiction. [BB] Read more . . . 
  • Amis, Martin
  • Andreev, Nikolay
  • Appel, Alfred, Jr (1934-2009). Nabokov's student in the 1950s, and, as a young teacher at Northwestern Nabokov's critic, annotator, interviewer, and friend in the 1960s and 1970s. The most inspiring analyst of Nabokov's self-consciousness and metafictionality, or as he called it, "involution," at a time when realism dominated American fiction.  [BB] Read more . . . 
  • Artemenko-Tolstoy, Natalia
  • Arzoo, Shakeeb
  • Averin, Boris
  • Aykhenvald, Yuly (1872-1928) was Nabokov's friend and mentor in Berlin in the 1920s. He was editor of Rul' 's literary department until his death, and author of the very popular Silhouettes of Russian Writers (1906, five editions through 1928). Read more . . .
  • Babikov, Andrei
  • Barabtarlo, Gennady (Gene)
  • Barbedette, Gilles
  • Baumann, Sabine
  • Belodubrovsky, Evgeny
  • Berberova, Nina
  • Bethea, David
  • Bitsilli, P. M. (1879-1953) was a historian and literary scholar, and a leading critical voice in the Russian emigration from 1920 on. He was among Nabokov's early admirers, and his reviews and articles on the works of V. Sirin show particular acuity and insight.
  • Blackwell, Stephen (1965- ), Professor of Russian, University of Tennessee,  is the author of Zina's Paradox: The Figured Reader in Nabokov's Gift and The Quill and the Scalpel: Nabokov and the Worlds of Science.  With Kurt Johnson, he co-edited Fine Lines: Vladimir Nabokov's Scientific Art. Read more. . .  
  • Bolt, Tom
  • Bouazza, Abdellah
  • Bouazza, Hafid
  • Bouchet, Marie
  • Bozovic, Marijeta
  • Boyd, Brian (1952- ), University Distinguished Professor, English and Drama, Auckland, New Zealand, has worked on Nabokov since the early 1970s, as an annotator, archivist, bibliographer, biographer, critic, editor, and translator. Read more . . . 
  • Brown, Clarence
  • Burgess, Anthony
  • Chupin, Yannicke
  • Collins, Billy
  • Connolly, Julian
  • Couturier, Maurice
  • Davydov, Sergey
  • Delage-Toriel, Lara
  • de Vries, Gerard
  • Diment, Galya
  • Dolinin, Alexander
  • Dragunoiu, Dana (1972-), Associate Professor of English at Carleton University in Ottawa, Canada. Her Ph.D. dissertation, titled “‘The universe embraced by consciousness’:  Vladimir Nabokov’s Philosophical Domain,” was completed in 2000. Read more . . . 
  • de la Durantaye, Leland 
  • Edel-Roy, Agnès
  • Efetov, Konstantin
  • Field, Andrew
  • Foster, John Burt
  • Frank, Siggy
  • Fraysse, Suzanne
  • Fujikawa, Yoshiyuki
  • Fukazawa, Akitoshi
  • Gershkovich, Tatyana
  • Goto, Atsushi
  • Garipova, Nailya
  • Grant, Paul
  • Grayson, Jane
  • Gwynn, R.S.
  • Hetenyi, Zsuzsa
  • Hitchens, Christopher
  • Hughes, Robert P. 
  • Hyde, G.M.
  • Ibrahim, Mo
  • Isahaya, Yuichi
  • Ivanov, Georgy
  • Johnson, Donald (Don) Barton
  • Johnson, Kurt
  • Juliar, Michael
  • Kaizawa, Hajime
  • Karlinsky, Simon
  • Kato, Mitsuya
  • Karshan, Thomas, author of Vladimir Nabokov and the Art of Play, editor of Nabokov's Collected Poems, and co-translator, with Anastasia Tolstoy, of The Tragedy of Mister Morn, along with various other articles on Nabokov. President of the IVNS (2018-19).
  • Kawabata, Kaori
  • Khodasevich, Vladislav
  • Kokinova, Katherina
  • Konishi, Masataka
  • Księżopolska, Irena
  • Kunin, Carolyn
  • Kuzmanovich, Zoran
  • Leving, Yuri is University Research Professor in the Department of Russian Studies, Dalhousie University, Canada, the founding editor of the Nabokov Online Journal (since 2007), and the author of eight books wholly or partly on Nabokov, and many articles. Read more . . . 
  • Levinson, André
  • Liu Jialin
  • Lubin, Peter
  • Maar, Michael
  • Malikova, Maria
  • Manolescu, Monica
  • Martinez, Juan
  • Mason, Bobbie Ann
  • Matoba, Izumi
  • Medlock, Maya Minao
  • Mello de Souza, Jansy
  • Meyer, Priscilla (1942- ) is Professor Emerita of Russian at Wesleyan University. Her book, Nabokov and Indeterminacy: The Case of The Real Life of Sebastian Knight, will be published by Northwestern University Press in August 2018.
  • Millhauser, Steven
  • Miura, Shoko (1946- ) is Professor Emerita of English at Tokyo University of Marine Science and Technology. She was president of the Nabokov Society of Japan (2010-11) and is a member of the Kyoto Reading Circle on the KRC Annotations to Ada.
  • Mori, Kumi
  • Moynahan, Julian
  • Nabokov, Dmitri
  • Nafisi, Azar
  • Naiman, Eric
  • Nakata, Akiko
  • Nicol, Charles
  • Norman, Will
  • Numano, Mitsuyoshi
  • Parker, Stephen Jan (1939-2014), a student of VN's at Cornell, and one of the first to write a PhD on VN, set up the Vladimir Nabokov Society and its organ, Vladimir Nabokov Research Newsletter, later the Nabokovian, and with George Gibian set up the first Nabokov conference, at Cornell in 1983. Read more . . . 
  • Pessl, Marisha
  • Picon, Francisco
  • Pifer, Ellen
  • Pitzer, Andrea
  • Ponomareva, Tatyana
  • Proffer, Carl
  • Proffer, Ellendea
  • Rakhimova-Sommers, Elena
  • Rivers, J.E.
  • Rodgers, Michael is Honorary Associate and Associate Lecturer in English Literature at The Open University, UK. He is the author of Nabokov and Nietzsche: Problems and Perspectives (Bloomsbury, 2018) and co-editor, with Susan Elizabeth Sweeney, of Nabokov and the Question of Morality: Aesthetics, Metaphysics, and the Ethics of Fiction (Palgrave, 2016). He was the sole organiser of the ‘Nabokov and Morality Symposium’ at the University of Strathclyde in Glasgow in 2011.
  • Ronen, Omry
  • Roth, Matthew
  • Roth, Phyllis
  • Sagae, Mitsunori
  • Schiff, Stacey
  • Schneider, Graziela
  • Schuman, Samuel
  • Shapiro, Gavriel
  • Shvabrin, Stanislav
  • Sklyarenko, Alexey
  • Skonechnaya, Olga
  • Smith, Zadie
  • Spira, Ivo
  • Stark, Vadim
  • Stegner, Page
  • Steiner, George
  • Stuart, Dabney
  • Struve, Gleb
  • Stuart, Dabney
  • Sugimoto, Kazunao
  • Suzuki, Akira
  • Sweeney, Susan Elizabeth (Beth)
  • Tammi, Pekka
  • Tarvi, Ljuba
  • Toker, Leona
  • Tolstoy, Anastasia
  • Tolstoy, Ivan
  • Updike, John
  • Voronina, Olga
  • Wakashima, Tadashi (1952- ), is Professor Emeritus of English (Kyoto University), the current president of the Nabokov Society of Japan, and chair of the Kyoto Reading Circle. He is a chess problem composer and International Master in solving chess problems. Read more . . . 
  • Weidle, Vladimir
  • Wen Daowei
  • Wetzsteon, Ross
  • White, Edmund
  • Wilson, Edmund
  • Wiśniewski, Mikołaj
  • Wood, Michael
  • Wyllie, Barbara
  • Zimmer, Dieter E. (1934-), the leading German Nabokovian, working on Nabokov since 1959, as annotator, bibliographer, editor, interviewer, translator, and the expert literary scholar on Nabokov's butterflies, his time in Germany, and many other aspects of Nabokovian realia, while also being a major essayist and journalist on language, science, and technology. [SB, BB] Read more . . . 
  • Zunshine, Lisa