Examines the works of Vladimir Nabokov, from his early novels written in Europe to his later masterpieces, including Lolita, Pnin, Pale Fire, and Ada. Offered: AWSp.
The course will deal with the AMERICAN novels of Vladimir Nabokov: Pnin, Lolita, and Pale Fire. We will also read parts of his autobiography, Speak, Memory and some short stories written in English.
Week 1-2: SPEAK, MEMORY; American Stories
Week 3-4: PNIN
Week 5-7: LOLITA
Week 8-10: PALE FIRE
REQUIRED BOOKS (all Vintage Edition):
Nabokov: 1. Pnin 2. Lolita 3. Pale Fire 4. The Stories of Vladimir Nabokov 5. Speak, Memory
Critical Materials (Also Required): 1.Brian Boyd: Nabokov's Pale Fire (paperback) 2. Julian Connolly: A Reader's Guide to Nabokov's Lolita (paperback) 3. Diment: Pniniad (paperback); 4. Kuzmanovich and Diment: MLA Approaches to Teaching Lolita (paperback)
Course library reserves are at Odegaard.
Student learning goals
General method of instruction
Lecture and discussion. A separate one-hour section for graduate students and Honors students
Class assignments and grading
Reading and writing
Class participation (20%); Midterm (for all but longer for grads and Honors; 30%); Final (Papers for grads; longer exams for Honors; 50%)