Dale E. Peterson (Section 01)
(Also English 95, section 3.) An attentive reading of works spanning Nabokovâ€™s entire career, both as a Russian and English (or â€œAmero-Russianâ€) author, including autobiographical and critical writings, as well as his fiction and poetry. Special attention will be given to Nabokovâ€™s lifelong meditation on the elusiveness of experienced time and on writingâ€™s role as a supplement to loss and absence. Students will be encouraged to compare Nabokovâ€™s many dramatizations of â€œinvented worldsâ€ and to consider them along with other Russian and Western texts, fictional and philosophical, that explore the mindâ€™s defenses against exile and separation. All readings in English translation, with special assignments for those able to read Russian. Two meetings per week. Limited to 20 students. Not open to first-year students. Fall semester. Professor Peterson.