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    Vassar College
  Sep 23, 2017
Catalogue 2017-2018
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RUSS 183 - Nabokov Before “Lolita”: The Making of a Genius in the Age of Jazz and Surrealism.

Semester Offered: Fall
0.5 unit(s)
This course considers the novels and novellas of Vladimir Nabokov written during the 1920s and 1930s in a broad cultural context of the period. Nabokov became an international celebrity with the publication of Lolita (1955). The scandal and sensationalism aside, the book earned him the reputation as one of the most accomplished stylists in the English language. But in the decades before producing Lolita, Nabokov had had a brilliant literary career as a Russian émigré writer in Europe. This course approaches Nabokov’s pre-Lolita works through a comparison with the writings of Franz Kafka, Evelyn Waugh, Nathaniel West, and the art of Surrealism. The goal of the course is to explore the cultural atmosphere that helped shape Nabokov as we know him. Nikolai Firtich

Second six-week course.

Two 75-minute periods.

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