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Zoran Kuzmanovich edits Nabokov Studies and teaches Davidson College courses on film, olfaction, literary criticism, literature and emotion, literature and the law.

Garreth O'Brien is a Ph.D. candidate in the English department at the University of California, Berkeley. He works on twentieth-century American literature and film, with an emphasis on comedy. Other work, on games in Charles Dickens's Bleak House, is forthcoming from Studies in the Novel.

Tatiana Ponomareva is one of the creators and a longtime director (2002-2019) of the Vladimir Nabokov Museum in St. Petersburg located in the building where Nabokov was born and lived for the first eighteen years of his life. She is the organizer of the annual Nabokov Readings international conference in St. Petersburg, a co-editor of Nabokovsky Sbornik, a speaker at conferences and a guest lecturer in various institutions in Russia and abroad. She is now a researcher at the Institute of Russian Literature (Pushkinskiy Dom) and at the center for the study of the Russian emigre culture of the Herzen University of St. Petersburg where she also teaches.

Her academic interests are Nabokov's Russian years and their echoes in his later oeuvre, the history of the Nabokov family, Petersburg in the Russian and English-language literature.

Maxim D. Shrayer was born in Moscow to a writer's family and has been living in the US since 1987. He is Professor of Russian, English, and Jewish Studies at Boston College and Director of the Project for Russian and Eurasian Jewry at Harvard's Davis Center. Shrayer has authored and edited over fifteen books of criticism, nonfiction, fiction, and poetry in English and Russian. His recent books include the 3rd edition of Bunin i Nabokov. Istoriia sopernichestva; Voices of Jewish-Russian Literature; A Russian Immigrant: Three Novellas; and the co-translation of the novel Doctor Levitin by his father, David Shrayer-Petrov.

Susan Elizabeth Sweeney, Murray Professor of Arts and Humanities at the College of the Holy Cross, has published over thirty essays on Nabokov, most recently "Visual Agnosia in Nabokov: When One of the Senses Can't Make Sense" (forthcoming in Nabokov and the Five Senses). Her books include Nabokov and the Question of Morality: Aesthetics, Metaphysics, and the Ethics of Fiction, coedited with Michael Rodgers. Beth spent ten years coediting NABOKV-L and was twice elected president of the International Vladimir Nabokov Society. She also studies Poe, detective fiction, narrative theory, postmodernism, and American literature, and won the 2018 Gargano Award for an outstanding essay on Poe. In 2019, Beth received the Distinguished Faculty Scholar Award from Holy Cross for "an exceptionally distinguished record of scholarly achievement."

Rachel Trousdale is an associate professor of English at Framingham State University. She is the editor of Humor in Modern American Poetry and the author of Nabokov, Rushdie, and the Transnational Imagination and The Joking Voice: Humor in Twentieth-Century American Poetry (forthcoming). She has also published a poetry chapbook, Antiphonal Fugue for Marx Brothers, Elephant, and Slide Trombone. More information is available at



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