Jeff Edmunds


Pennsylvania State University

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Cycnos | Volume 24 n°1 | Lectures publiques

Vladimir Nabokov à l'âge d'Internet

The Internet and the World Wide Web have had a profound impact on virtually all aspects of modern life. Scholarly discourse is not exempt from their effects. Twenty years ago, communication between academics was largely effected through the medium of scholarly journals, conferences, and personal correspondence. As a result, the exchange of information was slow and almost completely invisible to the general public. Now, thanks to the Internet and the World Wide Web, communication between scholars widely separated in space can take place almost instantaneously. Research, in the form of text, images, and audio-visual presentations in digital format, can be exchanged quickly. Thanks to the transparency of the World Wide Web, interested amateurs can participate in the exchange of information from outside the halls of academia. NABOKV-L, the Electronic Nabokov Discussion Forum, was founded in 1993 by D. Barton Johnson. In the thirteen years of its existence, the list has provided a forum for Nabokov enthusiasts from all over the world. ZEMBLA, a Web site devoted to Nabokov's life and works, was founded in 1995. Both NABOKV-L and ZEMBLA have had a profound impact on Nabokov studies, allowing the rapid, collegial, sometimes contentious exchange of information by specialists, students, and non-academic readers of Nabokov. Jeff Edmunds will discuss how he, a non-academic, discovered Nabokov's works, how NABOKV-L introduced him to the world of Nabokov studies, and how ZEMBLA, the Web site he created and now oversees, grew from an idea in 1994 into a Web site visited by tens of thousands of Nabokov enthusiasts every year.

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