Vladimir Nabokov

Dragunoiu, Dana

Dana Dragunoiu is 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. Her monograph, titled Vladimir Nabokov and the Poetics of Liberalism, was published in 2011 by Northwestern University Press. In addition to her work on Nabokov, she has also published scholarly articles on J.M. Coetzee, Ernest Hemingway, Stendhal, and contemporary film. Between 2016-2018, she moderated, with Stanislav Shvabrin, the Vladimir Nabokov International Society’s listserv NABOKV-L. In April 2018, she became the General Editor of The Nabokovian. She is currently working on a study of Nabokov’s ethics.

Selected Publications on Nabokov:

Vladimir Nabokov and the Art of Moral Acts. Evanston: Northwestern University Press, 2021. Published in the Studies in Russian Literature and Theory series.

Vladimir Nabokov and the Poetics of Liberalism. Evanston: Northwestern University Press, 2011. Published in the Studies in Russian Literature and Theory series. Issued in paperback in 2012.

Hazel Shade’s Russian Sisterhood, or Is Pale Fire a Feminist Novel?” Nabokov Studies 18 (2022-2023): 7-28.

“Making History from the Future: Lolita and Proust’s Cahier 36.” Nabokov Online Journal 15 (2021): 1-19.

“The Afterlives of Odette and Albertine in Lolita’s Final Chapters.” Comparative Literature 72:3 (2020): 340-60. 

“Nabokov and Liberalism” in Nabokov in Context. Edited by David Bethea and Siggy Frank. Cambridge: Cambridge UP, 2018. 240-48

“On Pity and Courtesy in Nabokov’s Ethics.” Edited by Brian Boyd and Marijeta Bozovic. Nabokov Upside Down. Evanston: Northwestern UP, 2016. 143-156.

Lolita: Nabokov’s Rewriting of Dostoevski’s The Brothers Karamazov.” Nabokov Studies 13 (2014): 20-32.

Lolita:  Law, Ethics, Politics.” Approaches to Teaching Nabokov’s Lolita.  Ed. Zoran Kuzmanovich and Galya Diment. New York: The Modern Language Association of America, 2008. 121-127.

“Vladimir Nabokov’s Ada:  Art, Deception, Ethics.” Contemporary Literature 46.2 (2005): 311-39.

“Vladimir Nabokov’s Invitation to a Beheading and the Russian Radical Tradition.” Journal of Modern Literature 25.1 (2001): 53-69.  

“Dialogues with Berkeley:  Idealist Metaphysics and Epistemology in Nabokov’s Bend Sinister.” Nabokov Studies 5 (1998/1999): 47-62.