The Nabokov Paper - An experiment in novel-reading

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The Nabokov Paper - An experiment in novel-reading

2013 - 22nd November 13

General event

An experiment in novel-reading

The Nabokov Paper is a project by Kate Briggs and Lucrezia Russo. It takes as its starting point a series of exam questions set by Vladimir Nabokov in the 1950s, for students of his now famous lectures on great works of European fiction. In April 2012, ten artists, eight writers, six university professors, three translators, two architects, a librarian, a curator, a graphic designer, an illustrator and a computer engineer each selected a question on one of seven course texts: Austen's Mansfield Park, Dickens's Bleak House, Flaubert's Madame Bovary, Stevenson's Dr Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, Kafka's 'The Metamorphosis', Proust's Swann's Way, and Joyce's Ulysses. The responses they turned in take the form of writing, drawing, painting, film, graphs, indexes, lists, maps, newly designed editions, objects, scale-models, a lecture and a reading game. The aim of the project is to discover what Nabokov's idiosyncratic take on 'good reading' might have to teach us today: about the novel, about how reading works across practices and disciplines, and about the past, present and future forms of literary criticism.

With work by:

Graham Allen, James Arnett, Abraham Asfaw, Anne Attali, Katarzyna Bazarnik, Derek Beaulieu, Paul Becker, Christian Bok, Shanna Bosley, Stephen Bury, Chloe Briggs, Kate Briggs, Maurice Carlin, Jennifer Carr, Guillaume Constantin, Jamie Crewe, Veronique Devoldere, Lucia della Paolera, Craig Dworkin, Zenon Fajfer, Helen Frank, Celine Guyot, John Hamilton, Sharon Kivland, Gianni Lavacchini, Anna-Louise Milne, Forbes Morlock, Simon Morris, Amy Pettifer, Lucrezia Russo, Olivia Sautreuil, Nick Thurston, Jane Topping, Madeleine Walton, Patrick Wildgust, Robert Williams and Jack Aylward-Williams, Sarah Wood, Gillian Wylde.

Published by information as material

Exhibition at Shandy Hall, Coxwold, North Yorkshire, YO61 4AD, UK


Saturday, October 26, 2013 / 3pm

EXHIBITION - Shandy Hall Gallery

October 26 - November 22, 2013


Monday - Closed

Tuesday - Friday: 11am - 4pm

Saturday - Sunday: By appointment please contact us

Nabokov Review in Art MonthlyNabokov Review in Art Monthly (1.41 MB)


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