Conrad and Nabokov (LIT2196.01)

Annabel Davis-Goff

Vladimir Nabokov wrote his first nine novels in Russian. After the publication of Lolita ‐ his most successful and widely read work ‐ in the English language, he wrote, ʺMy private tragedy, which cannot, and indeed should not, be anybodyʹs concern, is that I had to abandon my natural idiom, my untrammeled, rich, and infinitely docile Russian tongue for a second‐rate brand of English.”

Joseph Conrad was born in the Ukraine, and spent twenty years as a merchant seaman. When, at the age of 38, he wrote his first novel, he did so in his third language, English.

These two writers have had a lasting influence on the literary style of their adopted language. We will read novels, stories, and nonfiction by both men. Students will write two essays.


Prerequisites: None
Credits: 4
M 2:10pm - 4:00pm; Th 2:10pm - 4:00pm
Maximum Enrollment: 20
Course Frequency:
This course is categorized as All courses, Four Credit, Literature, 2000, Annabel Davis-Goff.