Lectures and Conferences

PUNSTER PNIN and the YELLOW-BLUE VASS: The Multilingual Characters of Nabokov's American Novels

 Wednesday November 16, 2011
195 College Avenue
6:00 to 8:30 p.m.

This talk explores Vladimir Nabokov’s famous “Conradical” switch from writing in Russian to writing exclusively in English. Maria will analyze the way in which Nabokov develops characters, arguing that their linguistic complexities would have been unthinkable had Nabokov not experienced a language switch himself. That is, Nabokov’s linguistic background determines the creation of his fictional characters, and this distinguishes him profoundly from monolingual authors.

The colloquium is preceded by our annual THANKSGIVING POTLUCK DINNER, led by Marilyn Tankiewicz, who will be sending us a menu on Monday morning--but do email her if you already know what you want to bring. Main dishes will be native (more or less). Side dishes from everyone's home cuisine!

DINNER STARTS AT 6:00 p.m. followed by Maria's paper at 7:00 p.m.

Per usual, Jorge and Elin will bring beverages.