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Nabokov at Cornell
Shapiro, Gavriel.
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Ithaca : Cornell University Press, [2003]

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288 pages, 6 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations (chiefly color) ; 24 cm
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PG3476.N3 Z745 2003 Adult Non-Fiction Non-Fiction Area

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Vladimir Nabokov taught at Cornell University from 1948 to 1959. It was at Cornell that Nabokov composed Lolita and Pnin and conceived Pale Fire. During his Cornell tenure Nabokov also continued his research on lepidoptera, wrote the English and Russian versions of his autobiography, Conclusive Evidence , and Drugie Berega , and prepared annotated translations of two pinnacles of Russian literature: The Song of Igor's Campaign and Eugene Onegin . While at Cornell, Nabokov also delivered his highly acclaimed lectures on Russian and West European literature.

Nabokov at Cornell contains twenty-five chapters by the leading experts on Nabokov. Their subjects range widely from Nabokov's poetry to his prose, from his original fiction to translation and literary scholarship, from literature to visual art, and from the humanities to natural science. The book concludes with a reminiscence of the family's life in Ithaca by Nabokov's son, Dmitri.

Contributors: Vladimir E. Alexandrov, Yale University; Stephen H. Blackwell, University of Tennessee; Brian Boyd, University of Aukland; Clarence F. Brown, Princeton University; Julian W. Connolly, University of Virginia; Sergei Davydov, Middlebury College; Nina Demurova, University of Russian Academy of Education; Robert Dirig, Cornell University; John Burt Foster, Jr., George Mason University; D. Barton Johnson, UC Santa Barbara; Marina Kanevskaya, University of Montana; John M. Kopper, Dartmouth College; Zoran Kuzmanovich, Davidson College; Dmitri Nabokov; Charles Nicol, Indiana State University; Stephen Jan Parker, University of Kansas; Ellen Pifer, University of Delaware; Irena Ronen, University of Michigan; Omry Ronen, University of Michigan; Christine A. Rydel, Grand Valley State University; Gavriel Shapiro, Cornell University; Susan Elizabeth Sweeney, College of the Holy Cross; Leona Toker, Hebrew University; Joanna Maria Trzeciak, University of Chicago
Lisa Zunshine, University of Kentucky

Table of Contents

Gavriel ShapiroVladimir E. AlexandrovD. Barton JohnsonMarina KanevskayaSusan Elizabeth SweeneyZoran KuzmanovichJoanna TrzeciakEllen PiferBrian BoydCharles NicolSergei DavydovIrena RonenChristine A. RydelLeona TokerJulian W. ConnollyLisa ZunshineOmry RonenNina DemurovaJohn Burt Foster, Jr.Robert DirigJohn M. KopperStephen H. BlackwellGavriel ShapiroClarence BrownStephen Jan ParkerDmitri Nabokov
Prefacep. xi
Abbreviationsp. xiii
I. The Russian Years
1. The Fourth Dimension of Nabokov's Laughter in the Darkp. 3
2. Sources of Nabokov's Despairp. 10
3. The Semiotic Validity of the Mirror Image in Nabokov's Despairp. 20
4. The Enchanter and the Beauties of Sleepingp. 30
II. The American Years
5. Suffer the Little Childrenp. 49
6. "Signs and Symbols" and Silentologyp. 58
7. Reinventing Nabokov: Lyne and Kubrick Parse Lolitap. 68
8. Pale Fire: The Vanessa atalantap. 78
9. Buzzwords and Dorophonemes: How Words Proliferate and Things Decay in Adap. 91
III. The Miraculous Amphora
10. Metapoetics and Metaphysics: Pushkin and Nabokov, 1799-1899p. 103
11. Nabokov the Pushkinianp. 114
12. Nabokov and Tiutchevp. 123
13. Nabokov's Nikolai Gogol: Doing Things in Stylep. 136
IV. The Glorious Output
14. The Daedalus-Icarus Theme in Nabokov's Fictionp. 151
15. Vladimir Nabokov and the Scribleriansp. 161
16. The Triple Anniversary of World Literature: Goethe, Pushkin, Nabokovp. 172
17. Vladimir Nabokov, Translator of Lewis Carroll's Alice in Wonderlandp. 182
18. Nabokov on Malraux's La Condition humaine: A Franco-Russian Crisscrossp. 192
V. The Thrill of Science and the Pleasure of Art
19. Theme in Blue: Vladimir Nabokov's Endangered Butterflyp. 205
20. The Evolution of Nabokov's Evolutionp. 219
21. Toward a Theory of Negative Pattern in Nabokovp. 231
22. Nabokov and Early Netherlandish Artp. 241
23. Krazy, Ignatz, and Vladimir: Nabokov and the Comic Stripp. 251
Afterword: Nabokov Studies: The State of the Art Revisitedp. 265
Postscript: On Returning to Ithacap. 277
About the Contributorsp. 285