Ph.D., University of Rochester
Dissertation: 'The Ona of Nabokov's Hereafter'
MA, University of Notre Dame
BA, MA, Moscow State Pedagogical University (Russia)
My current project: Teaching Nabokov’s Lolita in the #MeToo Era (edited volume):
The volume seeks essays that explore the experience of teaching Lolita in the #MeToo Era. I hope to bring together responses to Nabokov’s art that blend pedagogy and critical analysis. After teaching the novel for years, many of us have witnessed (and continue to witness) a fascinating shift in student responses to the text following the start of the #MeToo movement. Some of us rethought the methodology of presenting Lolita to students and of navigating productive class discussions. I see this volume as a space to start a conversation about the evolving nature of the intellectual (and emotional) task of bringing Lolita to our students and to share faculty insights and best practices. Please send a 350 word abstract and a CV to Dr. Elena Rakhimova-Sommers firstname.lastname@example.org by June 15, 2019. Strong publisher interest.
Check out my recent volume: Nabokov’s Women: The Silent Sisterhood of Textual Nomad, Rowman & Littlefield, 2017.
Courses Taught at RIT:
- Great Authors: Nabokov
- Great Authors: Dostoevsky and Tolstoy
- Dangerous Texts: The Literature of the Russian Underground (in translation)
- Global Literatures: “What Russians Read”
- The Novel
- The Short Story
- Global Cinemas
- Film Studies
- Women’s and Gender Studies in Literature