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Spring 2017-2018
* SLA 417 / COM 406 / ENG 424 / RES 417 (LA)   Graded A-F, P/D/F, Audit

Vladimir Nabokov

Olga P. Hasty

In 1919, at the age of twenty, Vladimir Nabokov fled "the bloated octopus of state" of his native Russia and embarked on a dazzling bilingual literary career in emigration. This course focuses on Nabokov's masterly writing, which reflects a modernist preoccupation with narrative, temporality, and memory. The Russian and American novels are at the center of our attention, but readings include also a sampling of his shorter fiction, poetry, essays on literature, and the memoir Speak, Memory.

Sample reading list:
Nabokov, Invitation to a Beheading
Luzhin's Defense
Pale Fire
Speak, Memory

Reading/Writing assignments:
Approximately 200 pages of reading per week; mid-term examination; short paper (3 to 5 pages); final paper (8 to 10 pages).

Mid Term Exam - 20%
Papers - 20%
Oral Presentation(s) - 15%
Term Paper(s) - 25%
Class/Precept Participation - 20%

Schedule/Classroom assignment:

Class numberSectionTimeDaysRoomEnrollmentStatus
41212 L01 11:00:00 am - 11:50:00 am T Th   East Pyne Building   010   Enrolled:14 Limit:60
41213 P01 01:30:00 pm - 02:20:00 pm T   McCosh Hall   B24   Enrolled:7 Limit:20
43414 P02 03:30:00 pm - 04:20:00 pm W   East Pyne Building   039   Enrolled:7 Limit:20
41214 P03 02:30:00 pm - 03:20:00 pm T        Enrolled:0 Limit:0 Canceled