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Ada Notes 1-43 and AdaOnline updates

Submitted by Brian_Boyd on Thu, 06/20/2019 - 19:36

Dear Adaphiles,

The notes to Ada 1.43 have been added to the Annotations section of the website, which also means the notes to Ada 1.41 are now available (with hyperlinks to motifs and illustrations) on AdaOnline. Thanks once again to Steve Blackwell for acting as editor of the new annotations, kindly continuing the momentum of his role as the last editor of the print Nabokovian.

Open Letters from the International, French, and Japanese Vladimir Nabokov Societies to Russia's Ministry of Culture

Submitted by dana_dragunoiu on Mon, 06/17/2019 - 08:43

Dear Readers of The Nabokovian:

The International Vladimir Nabokov Society, the Société française Vladimir Nabokov and the Nabokov Society of Japan make a joint appeal to Russia's Ministry of Culture in three open letters. 

These urgent letters, published at the bottom of this message, were published in an article by Maria Bashmakova in Kommersant. The Ministry's reply to the last letter sent to it by the Vladimir Nabokov Literary Foundation is embedded in this same article. 

Announcing Nabokov Readings 2019 International Conference Program / Набоковские чтения – 2019 Программа международной конференции

Submitted by dana_dragunoiu on Sat, 06/15/2019 - 05:22

On behalf of the organizers of the annual "Nabokov Readings 2019 International Conference /

Набоковские чтения – 2019 Международнaя конференция,"

it is my great pleasure to announce the conference program. The conference takes place from

3-5 July / 3-5 июля 2019.

 

 

 

Message of Gratitude to the Société Française Vladimir Nabokov for hosting another (fourth!) superb conference, titled "Vladimir Nabokov: Histoire et Géographie"

Submitted by dana_dragunoiu on Fri, 06/14/2019 - 09:03

The Société Française Vladimir Nabokov has hosted yet another magnificent conference, this time at Université Cergy-Pontoise, the Sorbonne, and Musée National de l’Histoire de l’Immigration. Plenary speakers, Isabelle Poulin and Will Norman, delivered fascinating talks on the first two days of the conference and were accompanied by speakers from several generations of Nabokovians. At the Musée National, we listened to a seminal talk on Russian immigration, which disclosed unpublished documents from the Nina Berberova Archives (including letters and notes from Nabokov).

International Colloquium "Vladimir Nabokov: History and Geography" (Colloque International "Vladimir Nabokov: histoire et géographie")

Submitted by dana_dragunoiu on Thu, 06/06/2019 - 14:03

The Societé française de Vladimir Nabokov is pleased to announce its Fourth International Symposium, "Vladimir Nabokov: Histoire et géographie." The Symposium takes place from June 6-8, 2019, at the Université de Cergy-Pontoise, Sorbonne Université, and National Museum of Immigration (Porte Dorée Palace).

HAPPY BIRTHDAY VLADIMIR NABOKOV!

Submitted by dana_dragunoiu on Mon, 04/22/2019 - 19:50

On behalf of Nabokovians worldwide, happy birthday dear Vladimir Nabokov! 

With Zoran Kuzmanovich's permission, I post these birthday greetings for everyone to enjoy, including perhaps Nabokov himself (wherever he might be perched himself):

Happy Birthday to the man whose work makes us attend to  the stained glass windows of life while we wait for the right word not only to perch itself on our keyboards but to do so without  echoing one of his too obviously.  This grateful well-wisher already knows that he did not wait long enough. 

Zoran Kuzmanovich

Saluting the good reader,

Dana

 

Large Collection of Nabokov Books for Sale

Submitted by dana_dragunoiu on Mon, 03/18/2019 - 11:17

JJ Heckenhauer is a rare bookseller with a tradition for Russian books for more than 50 years. The bookseller has recently acquired a collection with more than 100 titles about Nabokov. The list is attached. If anyone is interested in this collection or thinks their institution might be interested in purchasing it, please contact Roger Sonnewald at ant@heckenhauer.de

In Memoriam Gennady Barabtarlo by José Vergara

Submitted by dana_dragunoiu on Sun, 03/03/2019 - 04:46

Professor Barabtarlo.

On the first day of class, one of several with Professor Barabtarlo, he announced that we must read each book twice: The Defense, Master and Margarita, Doctor Zhivago, The First Circle. Once in order to get the gist of the matter, a second time to truly appreciate the artistry. If this would not be feasible for any of us, then it would be perfectly all right to not continue further in the course. One student seated in the back row politely excused himself. And we proceeded.

In Memoriam Gennady Barabtarlo by Priscilla Meyer

Submitted by dana_dragunoiu on Fri, 03/01/2019 - 06:28

In my long friendship with Gene we shared various Nabokovian pleasures, the most spine-tingling of which occurred on the Connecticut shore in the 1980s. Gene had come to speak to my seminar at Wesleyan in early March. The next day we went for a long walk along the deserted beach--my husband was leading us to a distant promontory. Along the way Gene picked up one half of a conch shell and I the other; he said: this is the Greek etymology of “symbol” (to throw together), leading me to ask if he’d traced the shell motif through Nabokov’s novels. He hadn’t. I started my catalogue with Speak Memory, where Colette injures her foot on a mussel shell.

In Memoriam Gennady Barabtarlo by Dana Dragunoiu

Submitted by dana_dragunoiu on Thu, 02/28/2019 - 06:39

 

There was no one else like Professor Gennady Barabtarlo. I met him in person long after reading his books and profiting by them. The first time I spoke with him was at a dinner party hosted by Brian Boyd and Bronwen Nicolson to celebrate the conclusion of the Nabokov Upside Down Conference in Auckland in 2012. That first conversation took place on a warm and sunny terrace in the very middle of summer. 

Welcome to The Nabokovian!

Submitted by stephen_blackwell on Thu, 02/28/2019 - 06:29
Welcome to the official site of the International Vladimir Nabokov Society (IVNS)! You can access most of the site as you wish, but to add to or edit material wiki-style, as we would love you to do, you will have to register to the site by following the protocol spelled out below.

In Memoriam Gennady Barabtarlo by Stephen Blackwell

Submitted by stephen_blackwell on Wed, 02/27/2019 - 16:21
From the looks of things, I must have met Gene in 1995, at a typically over-endowed conference hotel in Washington, DC.  I don't know when or where our first words of greeting were spoken, but I do know that among the earliest were some that immediately highlighted his wry, understated sense of humor:

In Memoriam Gennady Barabtarlo by Olga Voronina

Submitted by dana_dragunoiu on Wed, 02/27/2019 - 14:35

A literary gift, like the gift of life, is given from above. Gennady Barabtarlo, who has just completed his life journey, was deeply appreciative of both – and of the One who sent them. He dedicated himself to Russian literature, especially to its two summits, Pushkin and Nabokov, in full awareness of the responsibility this commitment entailed. For him, language and letters were the vital force that kept the Russian mind and spirit alive.

In Memoriam Gennady Barabtarlo by Maurice Couturier

Submitted by dana_dragunoiu on Wed, 02/27/2019 - 09:20

Gene Barabtarlo was a gentleman, a conscientious and highly learned 
scholar, a great Nabokovian, an excellent linguist… and a friend. I 
first met him in June 1992. I had invited him to the first Nice 
Conference on Nabokov where he gave a paper entitled “Nabokov in the 
Wilson Archive.” I seem to remember that it was his first visit to this 
part of the world, one of Nabokov’s favorite haunts. He was constantly 
taking pictures, as he did again at the third Nice conference in 2006; 
after it, he went to Soliès-Pont and sent me pictures he had taken 
there. There was something of a Sherlock Holmes in him; he liked solving 

In Memoriam Gennady Barabtarlo by Stanislav Shvabrin

Submitted by dana_dragunoiu on Wed, 02/27/2019 - 09:11

The news of Gennady Aleksandrovich Barabtarlo’s passing should not have caught me off-guard, but I must confess to finding myself lost for words at a moment that I knew would be coming. If I were to try to find a reason to my being at a loss today, I would have to attribute it to my irrational sense that Gennady Aleksandrovich’s rectitude, his convictions, and indeed faith would prove a bulwark against even the most potent and cunning of afflictions. No such luck, of course, but even in the haze of this sad, impossible day it is already becoming clear that this is not where this story ends.

The Nabokov community mourns the passing away of Professor Gennady Barabtarlo, a deeply respected Nabokov and Pushkin scholar and a beloved mentor and colleague.  Feb. 15, 1949 — Feb. 24, 2019

Submitted by dana_dragunoiu on Tue, 02/26/2019 - 06:48

Gennady Barabtarlo, 70, died peacefully at home on Feb. 24, 2019.

Visitation will be held from noon to 1 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 27, 2019, at St. Luke the Evangelist Church, 1510 Audubon Drive, Columbia. Funeral services will follow at 1 p.m. at the church. Burial will be in Columbia City Cemetery. A memorial service is planned for a later date.

CFP: Teaching Nabokov’s Lolita in the #MeToo Era (edited volume)

Submitted by Elena Sommers on Wed, 02/20/2019 - 15:04

This volume seeks essays exploring the experiences of teaching Lolita in the #MeToo era. I hope to bring together responses to Nabokov’s art that blend pedagogy and critical analysis. After teaching the novel for many years, many of us have witnessed (and continue to witness) a fascinating shift in student responses to the text following the start of the #MeToo movement.

INTERNATIONAL VLADIMIR NABOKOV SOCIETY PRIZES MAKE THEIR DEBUT!

Submitted by dana_dragunoiu on Wed, 01/30/2019 - 16:44
Dear Nabokovians: The long-awaited International Vladimir Nabokov Society Prizes have been posted! The prizes, with accompanying instructions for submission, can be found by going to "RESOURCES" and scrolling down to "Prizes and scholarships." Please share this information with all those whose work might qualify for submission to these prizes.

Issue #76 of The Nabokovian Posted!

Submitted by dana_dragunoiu on Wed, 01/23/2019 - 17:30

Dear Nabokovians:

It is my pleasure to announce the publication of the latest issue of The Nabokovian. I want to thank the editor of The Nabokovian, Priscilla Meyer, for this most recent issue. If you wish to follow the links, you will find it by going to "RESOURCES" and then scrolling down to The Nabokovian. You will find it under "complete back issues and current online issues."

Or, you can find it here:

https://thenabokovian.org/node/35562

I also take this opportunity to remind you all to renew your IVNS membership if you haven't done so already.

CFP: Canadian Association of Slavists VANCOUVER 2019

Submitted by dana_dragunoiu on Wed, 01/09/2019 - 11:14


Paul Morris (U de St. Boniface) and Allan Reid (UNB) are seeking one or two additional members for a panel on Nabokov for CAS 2019.  Provisional titles of our own papers are "'Poetics of the Child' in Nabokov's Poetry" (Morris) and "'An Evening of Russian Poetry':  Interpreting Nabokov Interpreting Russian Poetry (and Culture)" (Reid).  Anyone interested in joining the panel is requested to contact us at pdmorris@ustboniface.ca and allanpreid1@gmail.com as soon as possible.

In Memoriam, Boris Averin

Submitted by dana_dragunoiu on Mon, 01/07/2019 - 07:05

Dear Readers of TheNabokovian.org:

It is with great sadness that I post the message below from Alexey Filimonov informing us of the passing away of Boris Averin on January 4th of this new year. Boris Valentinovich will be sorely missed. Please also find below a poem written by Alexey commemorating Boris Valentinovich's life and contributions to the cultural life of St. Petersburg.

From Alexey Filimonov:

К сожалению, для нас  в Петербурге год начался с трагической вести, 4 января ушел из жизни набоковед Борис Аверин.

Nabokovian growing

Submitted by Brian_Boyd on Wed, 12/19/2018 - 17:01

Our website continues to grow. Some key areas:

new links to Dieter E. Zimmer's marvelous Nabokov's Whereabouts page on his website, under both Chronology (Nabokov's Whereabouts offers a full chronology focused on where Nabokov lived and worked) and Places (where there is already also an incipient alphabetical list of places in Nabokov's life). 

more work done on the Quotations page and the Reading page

the Photographs page will soon have a range of photographs of Nabokov at various ages.

Maybe you'll have time not only to read these but to add to them over the Christmas break?

 

Brian Boyd

 

Congratulations to Dr. Agnès Edel-Roy!

Submitted by dana_dragunoiu on Fri, 11/23/2018 - 19:27

Congratulations to our member Agnès Edel-Roy for defending her PhD  entitled "Une démocratie magique: politique et littérature dans les romans de Vladimir Nabokov », at Université Paris Est-Créteil on Monday 19 November. 

We also wish to thank Agnès for the great amount of work she has devoted  to the French VN Society from its beginnings, as well as her extremely active involvement as a former President of the Society; the newsletter you receive each month being only one of her numerous contributions to the vitality of our association. 

Congratulations and many thanks dear Agnès ! 

Ada Notes 1-42

Submitted by Brian_Boyd on Mon, 11/12/2018 - 00:40

The notes to ADA Pt 1 Ch 42 (34,000 words, a small book in themselves) are now available under the Annotations pages to members of the International Vladimir Nabokov Society. To become a member, click here.

These notes will become available after eight months on AdaOnline.

The next instalment, Pt 1 Ch 43, will become available on TheNabokovian.org in February 2019.

Brian Boyd

 

 

 

Vladimir Nabokov & Translation-II Program: Chapel Hill, 27-28.X.18

Submitted by Stanislav_Shvabrin on Sat, 10/20/2018 - 22:28

The second part of the bipartite transatlantic symposium "Vladimir Nabokov and Translation" will take place in Chapel Hill, North Carolina, USA, on October 27-28 in Room 3009 of the FedEx Global Education Center on the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill campus (301 Pittsboro St, Chapel Hill, NC 27516). The conference venue is provided by the UNC-CH Center for Slavic, East European, and Eurasian Studies (CSEES). 

 

SATURDAY, OCTOBER 27

9:30-10:30 AM • Coffee, Registration, and Opening Remarks

Julie Loison-Charles and Stanislav Shvabrin

Financial Support for Nabokov Conferences--Call for Proposals

Submitted by stephen_blackwell on Fri, 10/19/2018 - 13:06

Dear IVNS members,

The International Vladimir Nabokov Society has been granted funds to support conferences each year. The Society will distribute an annual total of up to US$10,000 to support the operations of one or two conferences. The goal of the Society is to create and/or cosponsor conferences in all major regions of the globe, with regular rotation among the regions (especially between Europe and North America).  

CFP: Joyce without Borders, 2019 North American James Joyce Symposium

Submitted by dana_dragunoiu on Sun, 10/14/2018 - 04:55

NB: James Ramey, co-organizer of the Symposium, would like subscribers to know that Joyce-Nabokov-themed papers and panels are welcome. Michael Wood has accepted to deliver one of the key-note addresses.

Joyce Without Borders

2019 North American James Joyce Symposium

Mexico City, June 12-16

Website: www.joycewithoutborders.com

Facebook Page: www.facebook.com/joycewithoutborders/

Twitter: @joycewithout

CALL FOR PAPERS from Société française Vladimir Nabokov

Submitted by dana_dragunoiu on Mon, 10/08/2018 - 08:17

Chers toutes et tous, 

Nous sommes heureux de vous faire parvenir aujourd'hui notre appel à communications pour le prochain colloque international de la Société française Vladimir Nabokov, qui aura lieu du 6 au 8 juin 2019 à Sorbonne Université (Paris) et l'Unviersité de Cergy -Pontoise. 

Yannicke Chupin 

Société française Vladimir Nabokov

[Scroll down for the English version]. 

Colloque international « Vladimir Nabokov : Histoire et géographie »

6-8 juin 2019, Paris, Sorbonne Université/Université de Cergy-Pontoise

Organisé par la Société française Vladimir Nabokov

Final Nabokov materials now at Harvard

Submitted by Brian_Boyd on Wed, 10/03/2018 - 16:01

Exciting news for Nabokov scholars and students: the final material left in Dmitri Nabokov's possession at his death has been gifted by the Vladimir Nabokov Literary Foundation to Harvard, Dmitri's alma mater, where his father worked both as a lepidopterist and literature professor. The material will be available for researchers in 2019. 

Here is a blog announcing the gift and introducing a sample item, a Russian grammar Nabokov used for teaching.

Brian Boyd

WELCOME TO THE NABOKOVIAN!

Submitted by dana_dragunoiu on Sat, 09/29/2018 - 07:57
Welcome to the official site of the International Vladimir Nabokov Society (IVNS)! You can access most of the site as you wish, but to add to or edit material wiki-style, as we would love you to do, you will have to register to the site by following the protocol spelled out below.

CFP: Nabokov's lectures: submissions closing very soon!

Submitted by Brian_Boyd on Tue, 09/18/2018 - 04:29

The American Comparative Literature Association is organizing a seminar on Nabokov's Lectures, “The Center of This or That Masterpiece": Nabokov's Lectures,” presumably for its annual meeting at Georgetown University, Washington DC, March 7-10, 2019 . To see the CFP, click here. Paper submissions through the portal close very soon, September 20.

New website section: Reading

Submitted by Brian_Boyd on Mon, 07/23/2018 - 23:01

A new section on the Nabokovian website has been set up: Reading, to include what Nabokov read and when, and his evaluations, analyses, and uses of this reading. Read, and discover some surprises!

And please contribute! At present this important new facility has no editor. If you would like to become the editor responsible for this page (anyone signed up to the website may create or edit any individual contributions), please contact the website's editor, Dana Dragunoiu.

CFP Nabokov and the Five Senses

Submitted by Marie Bouchet on Thu, 06/21/2018 - 17:16

“Do the Senses Make Sense?”: The Five Senses in Nabokov’s Work

 

After the successful Biarritz conference on the topic, the French Vladimir Nabokov Society invites scholars for further contributions on the importance and significance of the Five Senses in Nabokov’s work, poetics and aesthetics, for the publication based on the conference.

2019 MLA Nabokov Session and Abstracts

Submitted by zoran_kuzmanovich on Tue, 06/19/2018 - 11:04

MLA 2019 Convention (Chicago)  Session: Dreaming with Nabokov

 

Chair: Dr Thomas Karshan (University of East Anglia, President of the International Vladimir Nabokov Society)

1. Professor Jennifer Sears (New York City College of Technology): ‘Kissing Her Ellipses: Dreams and Narrative Texture in Nabokov’s “Ultima Thule”’

New version of Nabokov's Eugene Onegin translation

Submitted by Brian_Boyd on Mon, 06/18/2018 - 05:36
For the wealthy Nabokov completist, or for those who can recommend books to their university's rare books collection, Arion Press, San Francisco, has published this month, June 2018, a limited fine edition of Nabokov's Eugene Onegin translation, in a form even better than he ideally envisaged: the Cyrillic text interleaved with the stress-marked transliteration of the Russian on the inner half of each page (transliteration and stress-marking prepared by Stanislav Shvabrin), and the translation on the outer.

Letters to Véra

Submitted by Brian_Boyd on Mon, 06/18/2018 - 05:14
As you may know, VN's letters to his wife, edited and translated by Olga Voronina and Brian Boyd, have appeared in multiple editions in English (Penguin Classics hardback, 2014, Knopf hardback, 2015, Penguin Classics paperback, 2016, and Vintage paperback, 2017) and in other languages (Chinese, French, German, Romanian, with Dutch, Italian, Spanish, Turkish under way), and also in our edition in the original Russian, as Pis'ma k Vere (KoLibri, 2017, notes translated by Alexandra Glebovskaya).

Nabokv-L archive coming soon!

Submitted by stephen_blackwell on Sun, 01/14/2018 - 11:35

Dmitry Kirsanov is finishing up the Nabokv-L Archive's interface on this web site, with powerful searching and sorting tools.

Update: The complete archive, 27580 messages from 1993 up until Nov 2017, is now available on this site. You can browse by years, as well as by authors (by clicking on an author name in a message). All messages are also searchable by the site's search (top right on any page). All message attachments are preserved and linked at the bottom of the corresponding message pages.