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From the Editor CONTRIBUTORS ERIC NAIMAN teaches Russian and Comparative Literature at the University of California, Berkeley. While he is best known for his invaluable Sex in Public: The Incarnation of Early Soviet Ideology (Princeton UP, 1997), his other publications include "Of Crime, Utopia and Repressive Complements: The Further Adventures of the Ridiculous Man," Slavic Review 50 (1991); "Historectomies: The Metaphysics of Reproduction in a Utopian Age," in Sexuality and the Body in Russian Culture, J. Costlow, S. Sandler and J. Vowles, eds. (Stanford UP, 1993); "When a Communist Writes Gothic: Aleksandra Kulluntai and the Politics of Disgust," Signs, vol. 22, no. 1 (1996); "Shklovsky's Dog and Mulvey's Pleasure: The Secret Life of Defamiliarization ," Comparative Literature, vol. 50, no.4 (1998). He is currently at work on two projects: a study of the lives and work of Vera Mukhina and Aleksei Zamkov, and Nabokov, Perversely, from which the current article has been drawn. DANA DRAGUNOIU has submitted her Ph.D. thesis at the Department of English, University of Toronto, entitled '"The universe embraced by consciousness ': Vladimir Nabokov's Philosophical Domain." Her other work includes articles on Ernest Hemingway's The Sun Also Rises and J. M. Coetzee's Foe. OMRY RONEN (University of Michigan) is a leading specialist in Russian literature of the nineteenth and twentieth centuries and has published on Anna Akhmatova, Andrei Belyi, Aleksandr Blok, Vladislav Khodasevich, Osip Mandel'stam, Fedor Sologub, Yurii Tynianov, and other 20th century classics. He is the critic of record on Mandel'stam and his An Approach to Mandel'stam (Jerusalem: The Magnes Press, 1983) has become a classic. Professor Ronen's numerous articles focus on questions of intertextuality and hermeneutics. SARAH HERBOLD has a Ph.D. in Comparative Literature from the University of California, Berkeley, where she has most recently been teaching in the Women's Studies Department. Her previous publication in Nabokov Studies (Volume 3) was "Reflections on Modernism: Lolita and Political Engagement or How the Left and the Right Both Have It Wrong." She is currently working on a book tentatively titled The Whore's Rhetoric, in which she examines how deliberate manipulation of the virgin/whore opposition has played a central role in the development of the modern novel as a subversive and self-divided form. vi Nabokov Studies PHILIPP SCHWEIGHAUSER holds a lie. phil. degree in English and German literature and linguistics from the University of Basel, Switzerland. His qualifying thesis was "Discursive Killings: Aestheticization, Transcendence , and Death in Nabokov's Lolita," which analyzed the rhetoric of death pervading Nabokov's still controversial novel. Since 1998, he has been working at the Department of English at Basel, where he teaches introductory courses and works on his Ph.D. thesis. The thesis is an effort to bridge the gap between theories that conceptualize literature as the 'noise' of culture (William Paulson) and an analysis of literary representation of noise in American literature. Schweighauser's own work is informed by systems theory, sociology and information theory. SUELLEN STRINGER-HYE is a Web Development Librarian at the Vanderbilt University Libraries. She has written on Nabokov and popular culture, Nabokov and Melville, and Ada. She is also the creator and compiler of "VN Collations," a regular column on NABOKV-L of references to Nabokov from the online and print popular presses. Additionally, she edits the CoLOlations web page on Zembla. In 1996, she conducted an interview with Stephen Schiff, screenwriter for Adrian Lyne's film interpretation of Lolita, also published in Zembla. More recently in Zembla, she interviewed Stacy Schiff, author of the Pulitzer Prize winning biography of Vera Nabokov. RUSSELL KILBOURN is an Assistant Professor in the English Department at the University of Toronto at Scarborough, where he teaches courses in literature and contemporary culture. In 1999 Kilbourn completed a Comparative Literature Ph.D. with a dissertation on negation and alterity in Kafka, Beckett, and Nabokov, which he is now converting into a book. DR. MARTIN J. SCHUBERT is a philologist who studied at Bowling Green University and Cologne. He teaches at the University of Essen in Germany and his publications range from articles on medieval literature and music to Goethe, Hebbel, and Arno Holz. KEVIN OHI is completing...


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