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Vladimir Nabokov: Displacement and the Liberated Eye (COMPLIT 115, COMPLIT 315, SLAVIC 156)

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Vladimir Nabokov: Displacement and the Liberated Eye (COMPLIT 115, COMPLIT 315, SLAVIC 156)

How did the triumphant author of ¿the great American novel¿ <em>Lolita<em/> evolve from the young author writing at white heat for the tiny sad Russian emigration in Berlin? We will read his short stories and the novels <em>The Luzhin Defense, Invitation to a Beheading, Lolita, Lolita<em> the film, and <em>Pale Fire<em/>, to see how Nabokov generated his sinister-playful forms as a buoyant answer to the ¿hypermodern¿ visual and film culture of pre-WWII Berlin, and then to America¿s all-pervading postwar ¿normalcy¿ in his pathological comic masterpieces <em>Lolita<em/> and <em>Pale Fire<em/>. Buy texts in translation at the Bookstore; Slavic grad students will supplement with reading and extra sessions in original Russian.