5:45 – 7:45 pm
Vladimir Nabokov was the product of revolution, exile, tragedy and world war—all before his relocation to America and commitment to writing in English. These experiences perhaps account for his determination to create beauty and to employ counter-punching, subversive humor. We will tackle Nabokov’s literary achievements step by step, training on his poetry, his memoir, and his shorter fiction before wading into Lolita. We will discover the joy of his language together with the insight from his gymnastic mind.
Matt Laufer holds a Ph.D. in English from Columbia University. He has taught literature at Columbia, Barnard College, and various college preparatory schools and has published articles on Nabokov, Melville, and Woolf.
Nabokov, Vladimir. The Stories of Vladimir Nabokov, Vintage International, 1996. ISBN: 978-0679729976
Nabokov, Vladimir. Speak Memory. Vintage International, 1989. ISBN: 987-0679723394
Nabokov, Vladimir. The Annotated Lolita, Vintage Books, 1991. ISBN: 978-0679727293
CPDU credit is available for Illinois teachers seeking recertification.
This class is part of the Newberry’s Adult Education Seminars Program.
Eight sessions, $190