24. april: Åpen forelesning i russisk litteratur med doktorgradsstipendiat Alla Kharina
Onsdag 24. april kl 12.15-14.00, i seminarrom 3, P. A. Munchs hus, holder vår doktorgradsstipendiat, Alla Kharina, en ny åpen forelesning i russisk litteratur. Forelesningen holdes på engelsk.
1. “One of the most limpid and luminous letters is L” (on synesthesia in Nabokov’s prose),
2. Art and Crime in Nabokov’s Despair.
This lecture will consist of two parts:
First, I will discuss a few aspects of Nabokov’s synesthesia (in his case “color hearing”) - a perceptual phenomenon in which stimulation of one sense leads to spontaneous experiences in another sense. I will demonstrate how Nabokov, being a bilingual author, perceived the Latin and Russian alphabets. I will also show a few examples of Nabokov introducing the motif of synesthesia into his prose.
In the second part, I will examine Nabokov’s novel Despair (originally written in Russian in 1934 and later translated into English by the author himself). Here I will focus on the interaction between the real-life criminal story that inspired the novel and its literary reworking. Finally, I will touch upon a few interesting features of Nabokov’s self-translation.