Hall Center For The Humanities


Brian Boyd
Brian Boyd
Distinguished Professor in the Department of English at the University of Auckland, New Zealand

"Nabokov as Psychologist"
Special Events

Thu., Mar. 31, 2011, 4:00pm - 5:30pm
Co-sponsored by the Hall Center, the Center for Russian, East European, and Eurasian Studies, and the Department of Slavic Languages and Literatures
Location: Malott Room, Kansas Union

Brian Boyd, Distinguished Professor in the Department of English at the University of Auckland, New Zealand, is a foremost authority on the writer Vladimir Nabokov. He has written numerous books on Nabokov that have been translated into Chinese, French, German, Japanese, Russian, and Spanish, among other languages. His works include two comprehensive biographical studies, Vladimir Nabokov: The Russian Years (1990) and Vladimir Nabokov: The American Years (1991). His book Nabokov's Ada: The Place of Consciousness (1985; revised in 2001) focuses on a single work, explicating Nabokov's thought and style. He continues to annotate this rich work in digital format at the website AdaOnline (http://www.ada. auckland.ac.nz/).

Dr. Boyd's work is not limited to Nabokov, however. He has published widely on American, Brazilian, English, Greek, Irish, New Zealand and Russian literature, from Homer to today, from children's to adult literature, and spanning genres from biography, to comics, drama, essays, fiction, film, literary theory, poetry, science, and translation. His 2009 book On the Origins of Stories: Evolution, Cognition, and Fiction has been praised in the Times Literary Supplement as having "an impact far beyond academic circles...No one thinks on this scale any more." His co-edited volume, Evolution, Literature, and Film: A Reader was recently published by Columbia University Press.

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