Bringing Global to the Local Classroom through the Literature of Vladimir Nabokov

By Danielle Jones.

Published by The Global Studies Journal

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While most university educators would agree with Anthony Gidden that there’s been an “intensification of worldwide social relations which link distant localities in such a way that local happenings are shaped by events occurring many miles away and vice versa” (1990, 64), this is not always as apparent to our students. At the University of Montana Western—a small academic institution with a meager population of seven international students (.4%) and only online language courses—students are even more unaware of the global community than most. In this article, I relate my experience teaching students from a bucolic background about the Russian-American writer Vladimir Nabokov with the multicultural insights he has to offer. I explore the approaches and practices that I used to try to bridge the gaps of students’ knowledge, some of the surprising outcomes, and my own learning process in how to bring global issues to the local classroom.

Keywords: Global Education, Vladimir Nabokov

Global Studies Journal, Volume 5, Issue 1, pp.95-104. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 246.959KB).

Dr. Danielle Jones

Associate Professor, English, University of Montana Western, Dillon, USA

Dr. Danielle Jones has a Ph.D. in Poetry from SUNY-Albany in New York and a MFA in Creative Nonfiction from Seattle Pacific University. She teaches literature and writing at the University of Montana Western. She has published a variety of poems and essays and is currently completing a memoir about adopting her daughter, Angelika, titled Mother Russia, Father Time.

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