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Nabokov and Musicality (MLA)

New Orleans
Organization: International Vladimir Nabokov Society
Event: MLA
Categories: American, Comparative, African-American, Colonial, Revolution & Early National, Transcendentalists, 1865-1914, 20th & 21st Century, Eastern European
Event Date: 2025-01-09 to 2025-01-12 Abstract Due: 2024-03-15

The International Vladimir Nabokov Society seeks paper proposals for presentations on the following themes for the Modern Language Association’s Annual Convention (January 9-12, 2025, New Orleans, LA):  


Nabokov and Musicality 


Despite Nabokov’s remarkable claim that music, for him, was “an arbitrary succession of more or less irritating sounds” (Speak, Memory Ch. 2, §1), his works contain undeniable musicality as well as plenty of allusions to music (real-world or invented) playing throughout the worlds of his fictions. The IVNS invites papers on music or musicality, broadly conceived, in (or involving) Nabokov's works (e.g., lyricism in Nabokov's language; popular music of the 1940s and ‘50s and/or Bizet's Carmen in Lolita; Shade on jazz and "music in supermarkets" in Pale Fire; the failed musical stage adaptation Lolita, My Love; other music inspired by Nabokov’s writings; etc.).

Please send 250-word abstracts by 3/15/2024 to Marie Bouchet (marie.bouchet@univ-tlse2.fr) and Christopher Link (linkc@newpaltz.edu). 



Marie Bouchet