Nabokov and Curiosity (MLA 2023)
The International Vladimir Nabokov Society invites paper proposals for the 2023 MLA Convention (San Francisco, January 5-8) for a panel session on the topic “Nabokov and Curiosity.” Proposals should examine some aspect of curiosity as a theme in Nabokov’s works or as an approach to reading them. Possible topics include: interest, attention to detail(s), and inquiry; puzzle solving; novelty, freshness, and wonder; exploring the hidden or unknown; scientific, metaphysical, or sexual curiosity; curiosity as care, compassion, tenderness (including readings of Nabokov via the feminist-originated “ethics of care”); incuriosity as moral blindness in Nabokov’s villains; etc. Please submit 250-word abstracts by March 19 to email@example.com (Christopher A. Link, State University of New York, New Paltz).