MLA 2018: Nabokov vs. Tyrants

deadline for submissions: 
March 26, 2017
full name / name of organization: 
International Vladimir Nabokov Society
contact email: 

The International Vladimir Nabokov Society invites papers on Nabokov's representations of—and resistance to—tyrants and tyranny, political or non-political, for a special session at the 2018 MLA Annual Meeting (New York, January 4-7). Papers treating the author's literary engagements against despots (real or fictional), demagogues, police states, fascists, Soviet oppression, Nazism, and/or totalitarian regimes (e.g., “Tyrants Destroyed,” Invitation to a Beheading, Bend Sinister, etc.) are especially welcomed, but the topic may also be conceived broadly in relation to his many works (e.g., Humbert's tyranny over Lolita, Kinbote's over Shade's poem in Pale Fire, the tyranny of Nabokovian narrators, etc.). Related topics and critical approaches—power, cruelty, madness, emigration, exile, combating prejudice and antisemitism, Rorty on Nabokov, Nafisi's Reading Lolita in Tehran, VN and Foucault, etc.—are also encouraged. Please send a brief abstract/proposal (up to 350 words) to Christopher Link ( by March 26, 2017.