Chair of the Russian Language and Literature Department Priscilla Meyer and her daughter, Rachel Trousdale, an associate professor at Agnes Scott College, co-authored a paper. The paper, “Vladimir Nabokov and Virginia Woolf,” will appear in the coming issue of Comparative Literature Studies. A Penn State Press publication, Comparative Literature Studies “publishes comparative articles in literature and culture, critical theory, and cultural and literary relations within and beyond the Western tradition.”
Vladimir Nabokov was a Russian-born novelist, most known for his book, Lolita (1955). He also founded Wellesley College’s Russian Department and was a distinguished entomologist.
In July, Meyer and Trousdale presented two sections of the paper at the “Nabokov Readings,” a conference held annually in the Nabokov Museum in St. Petersburg, Russia.
In addition, the Nabokov Society of Japan invited Meyer to speak at the Kyoto conference in November 2013. In Japan, scholars of Russian and English literature traditionally studied Nabokov’s works separately without the benefit of a common forum for discussion. The Nabokov Society of Japan organizes two scholarly conferences every year in order to allow scholars and fans of Nabokov to discuss their research and ideas.