Nabokov and History

deadline for submissions: 
March 15, 2018
full name / name of organization: 
MLA 2019 Special Session

***This CFP is for a proposed special session at MLA 2019. The session will be submitted and reviewed under MLA guidelines. Acceptance to the panel does not mean acceptance to MLA 2019.***

At the 2019 Modern Languages Association Convention in Chicago (3-6 January 2019), the International Vladimir Nabokov Society is proposing a panel on Nabokov and History. Building on recent scholarship that historicizes Nabokov and his work, this panel explores the different ways in which Nabokov's fiction is a product of its historical moment. Nabokov denied the influence of the historical on his work but how might this claim to aesthetic autonomy be productively challenged? Papers can range from fresh contextual readings of his work to those that engage with Nabokov's philosophy of history itself. Particularly welcome are papers that consider Nabokov and his work in relation to institutions, readerships, and rival theories of history.

Short abstract (300 words max) and CV by 15 March 2018 to Duncan White (