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[Fwd: ANNOUNCEMENT re Nabokov 101: International Summer School
for Nabokov Students in St. Petersburg]

EDITOR's ANNOUCEMENT: This is the second annual offering of this
English-language program. The instructors are Alexander Dolinin, the
leading Russian Nabokov expert and myself. Please direct your queries
to: Ms. Tatiana Ponomaryova, the Nabokov 101 program
coordinator at the St.Petersburg Nabokov Museum.
E-mail: Tel/fax:
7(812)315-47-13. Mailing address: Nabokov Museum, 47
Bolshaya Morskaya St., St.Petersburg, 190000, Russia.

Nabokov 101: International Summer School for Nabokov Students
August 2-12, 2001

On August 2-12, 2001, the Nabokov Museum in
St.Petersburg will hold its second International
Summer School for Nabokov students. This year's
Nabokov 101, as the program is called, follows last
year's successful pilot seminar. It will be conducted
at the Nabokov Museum which is located at 47 Bolshaya
Morskaya Street in St.Petersburg, the place Vladimir
Nabokov described as "the only house in the world".
The purpose of the Nabokov Summer School is to provide
students from all over the world with the opportunity
to study various aspects Vladimir Nabokov's art with
internationally known Nabokov scholars. The atmosphere
of the Nabokov House, which appears in many of Nabokov
novels and is lovingly described in "Speak, Memory",
turns these scholarly sessions into an unforgettable
personal experience for both students and teachers.

LANGUAGE English is the main language of the program.
All classes and guided tours will be conducted in

TUITION Students are required to pay their own
tuition, travel costs, and living expenses (food and
lodging). Program costs may vary from year to year. In
2001, the Nabokov 101 tuition will be $400, which will
cover participation in seminars, coffee-breaks,
handouts, and the arrangement of individual research
at local libraries and in archives. All students will
be able to use museum computers and to have Internet
access at the Nabokov Museum. They can also borrow
books from the museum library.

GRADES AND CERTIFICATES After completing the program,
the students will receive a Nabokov 101 Certificate
and, if required, a personal letter of recommendation
from the professor. Although the Nabokov Summer School
plans to adopt the international accreditation system,
students in the 2001
program will not receive grads or credits.


FACULTY Donald Barton Johnson, Professor Emeritus in
Russian Literature at the University of California at
Santa Barbara and Alexander Dolinin, Associate
Professor of Russian Literature at the University of
Wisconsin, Madison, and Research Fellow at the Pushkin
House of the Russian Academy of Sciences in
St.Petersburg will conduct the Nabokov 101 seminars
this year. Both are outstanding Nabokov scholars.
Prof. Johnson's contribution to the field of Nabokov
studies includes Worlds in Regression: Some Novels of
Vladimir Nabokov (Ardis, 1985) and numerous articles
on Nabokov and other Russian modernist writers. He is
the founding editor of Nabokov Studies, and is now
editor of the Nabokov Internet discussion list,
Nabokv-L. Prof. Dolinin is the author of a great
number of works about Nabokov, including introductions
and commentaries to many volumes in the 10-volume
Collected Works of Vladimir Nabokov published by
Symposium in St.Petersburg in 1997-2001. Prof. Dolinin
is also Associate General Editor in charge of the
Russian works for the Pleiade Nabokov.

TIME AND CURRICULUM Students are expected to arrive in
St.Petersburg on August 2. Seminars will begin on
August 3 (Friday) and continue through August 11
(Saturday). There will be 8 days of seminars in all,
with two 1 ╫ hour seminars every day. In addition,
guided walking tours of Nabokov sites and other
literary points of interest in St.Petersburg, trips to
museums and galleries, and other sightseeing
activities will be offered every day. On Sunday,
August 5, students and teachers will have a chance to
go on a day-long guided tour to the Nabokov Estates in
the Gatchina Region near St.Petersburg.

The curriculum will include lectures and seminars on
various Nabokov subjects, with a strong emphasis on
applying modern methods of literary criticism to the
study of Nabokov's work. Close reading of Nabokov's
novels and short stories, commented upon by the
teacher and students together, will be another
important element of the curriculum. Students may also
pursue independent research in the field of Nabokov
studies at the National Public Library and in
St.Petersburg archives.

9:30-10:00 Students gather at the Nabokov Museum.
10:00-11:30 Prof. Johnson's seminar.
11:30-12:00 Coffee-break
12:00-13:30 Prof. Dolinin's seminar.
13:30-14:30 Lunch
14:30-18:00 Guided tour (optional). Work at the
library, homework, individual research.

The general theme of Prof. Johnson's seminar will be
"How to Read Nabokov". The seminar topics of the class
will include:
Lecture 1 - Alphabetic Rainbows in Speak,
Memory/Drugie berega
2.- Nabokov and Captain Mayne Reid (Drugie
3. - Alphabetic Icons in Invitation to a
4. - That Butterfly in Nabokov's Eye
5. - The Labyrinth of Incest in Ada
6. - The Scrabble Game in Ada, or Taking
Nabokov Clitorally.
7. - Nabokov as Gnostic Seeker
8. - Topics for New Research in Nabokov

Prof. Dolinin's seminar will focus on close reading
of Nabokov's Russian novels (in English translation).

The 2001 Summer Nabokov 101 program includes the
following costs:

· International travel costs
· Russian visa invitation and visa processing $20
· Medical insurance (to be obtained in home country)
· Accommodation in St.Petersburg for 10 days
Dormitory or private pension $15 a day
Hotel *** $10-60 a day
· Meals (3 times a day for 10 days)$50-90 total
· Tour services(optional, the cost includes museum
tickets prices, bus tours, etc.)approx. $3-10 per tour
· Tuition $ 400

The program coordinator in St.Petersburg will
calculate program costs for each student after
discussing his or her individual needs and
requirements via e-mail. Students can obtain a list of
guided tours (with costs), an exact day-by-day
schedule of the Nabokov 101 Summer School, and more
detailed information about curriculum, accommodations,
and other arrangements from the program coordinator.
After applying, each student will be automatically
included in the program's mailing list and receive
information and updates about the program on a regular
basis by e-mail.

Students can apply by sending an e-mail to the Nabokov
101 program coordinator in St.Petersburg, Russia. When
applying, please give us your name, age, name and
address of the college or university where you are
currently enrolled (optional). If you are in college,
we would like to know whether you are a graduate or
undergraduate student. Please specify how many years
you have dedicated to Nabokov studies, the area of
your scholarly interests, and on what Nabokov or other
literary project you are currently working.

All applicants are required to make a non-refundable
$100 tuition deposit no later than May 31, 2001. The
balance of the payment can be made in cash or in
traveler's checks on student's arrival in
St.Petersburg. (No personal checks or credit cards,

Pre-payment can be made to the Nabokov Museum's
international account. The Nabokov 101 program
coordinator will provide each applicant with
information on how to make a pre-payment after
receiving his or her application.

CONTACT INFO Prospective applicants should contact
Ms. Tatiana Ponomaryova, the Nabokov 101 program
coordinator at the St.Petersburg Nabokov Museum.
E-mail: Tel/fax:
7(812)315-47-13. Mailing address: Nabokov Museum, 47
Bolshaya Morskaya St., St.Petersburg, 190000, Russia.