Ph.D., University of Rochester
Dissertation: 'The Ona of Nabokov's Hereafter'
MA, University of Notre Dame
BA, MA, Moscow State Pedagogical University (Russia)
Forthcoming: Teaching Nabokov’s Lolita in the #MeToo Era (Lexington Books, 2020):
The #MeToo movement against sexual harassment and assault has spurred a reassessment of what constitutes appropriate professional and sexual relations, a reassessment that has also challenged how we teach our students, especially when we are exploring highly controversial works. How, for instance, can anyone teach Vladimir Nabokov’s inflammatory masterpiece, Lolita in the wake of #MeToo? How do we balance analysis of its brilliant language and its aesthetic complexity with due attention to its troubling content? My volume hopes to answer these questions by blending pedagogical approaches to teaching the novel, with new, gender contextualized analysis of Nabokov’s art.
The impetus for producing this collection is my recognition of an urgent need to discuss, explore, and critique Nabokov’s Lolita it terms of its “teachability” to American undergraduate and graduate studentsin the twenty-first century. This volume is a place to learn about the evolving nature of the intellectual (and emotional) task of bringing Lolita to our students and about sharing faculty (and student) insights and best practices.
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 & 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
- The Future of Writing