Eric Naiman

Professor
2014-2015
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Eric Naiman (Slavic Languages and Literature and Comparative Literature) works in the fields of ideological poetics, sexuality and history, history of medicine, Soviet culture, and the gothic novel. His most recent book, Nabokov, Perversely (Cornell, 2010) argues that the sexual and the interpretive are so bound together in Nabokov's stories and novels that the reader confronts the fear that there is no stable line between good reading and overreading, and that reading Nabokov well is beset by the exhilaration and performance anxiety more frequently associated with questions of sexuality than of literature.