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Lost Classic: Nabokov and Prosody with Dyche Mullins and Paul Kiparsky

Date and Time: 
Tuesday, November 1, 2016. 06:00 PM - 08:00 PM
Meeting Location: 
Stanford Humanities Center Boardroom
Meeting Description: 

Please join the Workshop in Poetics for our annual Lost Classic event, in which we revisit a neglected but important contribution to poetic theory and criticism:

- Tuesday, Nov. 1, 6-8pm in the Stanford Humanities Center Boardroom
- Reading: selection from Notes on Prosody by Vladimir Nabokov and Conjuring in Two Tongues: The Russian and English Prosodies of Nabokov’s ‘Pale Fire’ by R. Dyche Mullins
- In conversation with Dyche Mullins (UCSF) and Paul Kiparsky (Linguistics, Stanford) 

Classics of criticism are best revisited in the context of current research. In that spirit, Paul Kiparsky and Dyche Mullins will be leading a discussion at Poetics of Nabokov’s “Notes on Prosody” as a springboard for a look at the “Russian Method” of literary analysis. We will also look at Dyche Mullins’ recent essay as a contemporary example of that method at work. The two texts are can be downloaded from Google drive in full, with suggested excerpts below:

Nabokov, “Notes on Prosody”
- Sections 1-6: pp. 3-33
- Section 9: pp. 51-54

Mullins, “Conjuring in Two Tongues”
- Introduction pp. 1-3
- Form Carries Meaning pp. 10-23
- Rhythmic Modulation …  pp. 45-72

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