Vladimir Nabokov (1899-1977)

A selective list of online literary criticism for Vladimir Nabokov, favoring signed articles by recognized scholars, and articles published in peer-reviewed sources

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introduction & biography

Hungerford, Amy. "Lecture 5 - Vladimir Nabokov Lolita." The first of three Yale Univ. video lectures on Nabokov. "Lecture 6 - Vladimir Nabokov. On Modernism and Nabokov's relation to earlier writers T. S. Eliot, James Joyce, and Marcel Proust. "Lecture 7 - Vladimir Nabokov Lolita (cont)." Yale Open Courses, ENGL 291, "The American Novel Since 1945."

"Vladimir Nabokov, The Art of Fiction." Interview by Herbert Gold. The Paris Review 41 (1967).

"Nabokov's Butterflies," by Brian Boyd. The Atlantic Monthly April 2000.

"Nabokov Under Glass." Web exhibition drawn from the Nabokov Archive at the New York Public Library.

"Selected Poems: The Essential Nabokov in Verse." A review and excerpt, from National Public Radio, 12 May 2012.

"The Strange Case of Pushkin and Nabokov." A review, by Edmund Wilson, of Eugene Onegin, A Novel in Verse by Alexandr Pushkin. Translated from the Russian, with a commentary, by Vladimir Nabokov. In the New York Review of Books 1965.

"100 Years Vladimir Nabokov." Nabokov's books, biography, a timeline, discussion questions, etc. Also novelist Martin Amis on Lolita. From Nabokov's publisher Random House.

Cornwell, Neil. "Vladimir Nabokov." An introduction to Nabokov from the Literary Encyclopedia 21 March 2002. On The Man from the USSR and Other Plays (1923); The Return of Chorb (1925); Mary (1926); Invitation to a Beheading (1936); The Waltz Invention (1938); The Gift (1938); The Real Life of Sebastian Knight (1941); Lolita (1955); Speak, Memory: An Autobiography Revisited (1967); The Enchanter [subscription service].

literary criticism

Boyd, Brian. "'Even Homais Nods': Nabokov's Fallibility, or, How to Revise Lolita." Penn State U Libraries.

Couturier, Maurice. "The Poerotic Novel: Nabokov's Lolita and Ada." English version of Chapter 5 of Roman et censure, ou la mauvaise foi d'Eros. Penn State U Libraries.

Couturier, Maurice. "Lolita et la France," Penn State U Libraries.

Lemay, Eric. "Dolorous Laughter." Writes Lemay, "Amoral, moral, or immoral art? The question roused readers of Lolita when Nabokov first began to seek a publisher for his masterpiece. . . and remains unresolved some fifty years after its publication." Penn State U Libraries.

"An Interview with Stephen Schiff," by Suellen Stringer-Hye. Penn State U Libraries.

Schuman, Sam. "On the Road to Canterbury, Liliput and Elphinstone - The Rough Guide: Satiric Travel Narratives in Chaucer, Swift and Nabokov." Penn State U Libraries.

More than 35 scholarly essays on Nabokov, "both original and previously published criticism by some of the best known Nabokov scholars in the world," from Zemblarchive.

bibliography & library holdings

A summary of work on Nabokov in print from 1993 onwards, by Vanderbuilt U librarian by Suellen Stringer-Hye. Penn State U Libraries.

An extensive page of web links related to Nabokov, from Suellen Stringer-Hye, Penn State U Libraries.

An electronic resource for scholars and students in search of original Nabokov materials held in collections around the world, the Zemblarchive.

Web site for the International Vladimir Nabokov Society, includes a summary of current trends in Nabokov scholarship.

A bibliography of Nabokov bibliographies, covering film, television, literary criticism, and more, from Penn State U Libraries.

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