The Nabokov Society of Japan

Celebrating VN's centennial, the Nabokov Society of Japan was formed in Tokyo on May 15th, 1999. Yoshiyuki Fujikawa, the former President of the English Literary Society of Japan, was elected President. Fujikawa is one of the earliest Japanese Nabokov scholars and the translator of Invitation to a Beheading, The Real Life of Sebastian Knight and Pale Fire. In Japan, Nabokov's work has tended to be separately studied by scholars of Russian and English literature, without the benefit of a common forum for discussion. The formation of the Nabokov Society of Japan represents a wonderful development for both scholars and fans of VN. The society organizes two scholarly conferences a year, issues newsletters, and welcomes correspondence from Nabokovians worldwide. Approximately seventy people attended the conference and symposium celebrating VN's centennial and the formation of the Society.

Program of the Foundation Conference of the Nabokov Society of Japan
& the VN Centennial Symposium
May 15, 1999
The University of Tokyo
Tokyo, Japan

14:00-14:45: Business Meeting

15:00-17:00: VN Centennial Symposium

"Reading Nabokov's Short Stories, Focusing on 'Spring in Fialta'"

Chair & Speaker: Yuichi Isahaya (Doshisha University)
Speakers: Tadashi Wakashima (Kyoto University), Akiko Nakata (Nanzan Junior College), Kumi Mori (The University of Tokyo)

17:15-18:00: Documentary Film Presentation

Nabokov's Hidden Passion (Russia, 1998)
Nabokov's Origin (Russia, 1997)
(Introduction and Japanese narration by Kumi Mori)

18:30-21:00: Banquet


The Nabokov Society of Japan
Department of Slavic Languages and Literatures
Faculty of Letters
The University of Tokyo
7-3-1 Hongo, Bunkyo-ku, Tokyo 113-0033
Japan
TEL: 03-5841-3847
FAX: 03-5841-8967


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