Event Jan 04

Abstract Mar 26

MLA 2018: Nabokov vs. Tyrants

Event: 01/04/2018 - 01/07/2018
Abstract: 03/26/2017
Categories: American, 20th & 21st Century, Comparative, Gender & Sexuality, Interdisciplinary, Cultural Studies, History, Philosophy, Popular Culture, Literary Theory, Women's Studies, World Literatures, Eastern European, Middle East
Location: New York City
Organization: International Vladimir Nabokov Society

The International Vladimir Nabokov Society invites papers on Nabokov's representations of—and resistance to—tyrants and tyranny, political or non-political, for a special session at the 2018 MLA Annual Meeting (New York, January 4-7). Papers treating the author's literary engagements against despots (real or fictional), demagogues, police states, fascists, Soviet oppression, Nazism, and/or totalitarian regimes (e.g., “Tyrants Destroyed,” Invitation to a Beheading, Bend Sinister, etc.) are especially welcomed, but the topic may also be conceived broadly in relation to his many works (e.g., Humbert's tyranny over Lolita, Kinbote's over Shade's poem in Pale Fire, the tyranny of Nabokovian narrators, etc.). Related topics and critical approaches—power, cruelty, madness, emigration, exile, combating prejudice and antisemitism, Rorty on Nabokov, Nafisi's Reading Lolita in Tehran, VN and Foucault, etc.—are also encouraged. Please send a brief abstract/proposal (up to 350 words) to Christopher Link (linkc@newpaltz.edu) by March 26, 2017.

Contact Email: linkc@newpaltz.edu