Eklund, Erik

Erik Eklund (1991–) is a Ph.D. candidate in Theology and Literature at the University of Nottingham and Graduate Fellow at the Northwestern University Research Initiative for the Study of Russian Philosophy and Religious Thought. He also holds a dual appointment in the Department of English and College of Ministry at Northwest University. His doctoral thesis charts the theological contours of the textual performance of the dialectic of repetition and identity in Pale Fire, and his earlier work — on eschatology and theurgy in Lolita, in conversation with the thought of Nicolas Berdyaev — earned him the inaugural Dieter E. Zimmer Prize for Best Postgraduate Work. The author of several articles and essays on Nabokov, Erik has also published on the medieval sources of C. S. Lewis’ eschatology and is a contributor to the forthcoming edited volume New Trinitarian Ontologies. In addition to offering a variety of papers at international conferences in modern languages, philosophical theology, and religion and literature, Erik has received invitations to speak at major research seminars in biblical studies, cultural studies, and philosophical theology at the universities of Cambridge, Oxford, and St Andrews. He is currently working with Yuri Leving on a round-table discussion, “Nabokov and Religion,” to be published in the next issue of Nabokov Online Journal, with contributions from Christopher A. Link, Mary Ross, Matthew Roth, and Michael Wood. He currently lives in Austin, Texas.

Refereed Publications on Nabokov:

Organizer and participant. “Nabokov and Religion.” Roundtable discussion with Christopher A. Link, Mary Ross, Matthew Roth, and Michael Wood. Nabokov Online Journal. Forthcoming.

“The Mirror and the Icon: An Alternative Reading of Nabokov’s Pale Fire.” Partial Answers. Forthcoming.

“‘The Name of God has priority’: ‘God’ and the Apophatic Element in Vladimir Nabokov’s Pale Fire.” Literature and Theology. 36, no. 3 (Sept. 2022): 298–315.

“Do Not Be Angry at the Moon: Pale Fire and The Old English Boethius.” The Nabokovian 83 (Fall 2022): 1–13.

“The Gist of Masks: Notes on Kinbote’s Christianity and Nabokov’s Authorial Kenosis.” Nabokov Online Journal 15 (2021): 1–29.

“‘A green lane in Paradise’: Eschatology and Theurgy in Lolita.” Nabokov Studies 17 (2020–21): 35–60.

Book Chapters related to Nabokov:

“In the Mirror of an Esoteric Saint: Towards a Poetic Trinitarian Ontology of Non-Identical Repetition after Vladimir Nabokov’s Pale Fire.” In New Trinitarian Ontologies: Conference Proceedings of the New Trinitarian Ontologies Conference and Symposium, edited by John Milbank, Ryan Haecker, and Jonathan Lyonhart. (Eugene, OR: Wipf and Stock, 2023). Forthcoming.

Book Reviews:

Vladimir Nabokov and the Art of Moral Acts by Dana Dragunoiu (Northwestern University Press, 2021). Nabokov Studies. Forthcoming.

Nabokov and the Real World: Between Appreciation and Defense by Robert Alter (Princeton University Press, 2021). Nabokov Online Journal 15 (2021): 1–4.