Sabine Metzger received her PhD from the University of Stuttgart. Her thesis examines the interdependence of existence and poiesis in the works of John Hawkes. She teaches American literature at the University of Stuttgart and at the University of Mannheim, and cultural studies at the Centre of Cultural and General Studies of the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology. She is interested in sound studies and is currently working on a book-length study on Nabokov and the auditory.



Eros und Morbid Artistry. Existenz und Poiesis im Werk von John Hawkes. Würzburg: Königshausen & Neumann, 2007

Academic Papers (on Nabokov):

– “Taking Room and Giving Room: Displacement, Generous Spaces and Impossibility to Exist in Nabokov’s ‘Cloud, Castle, Lake’.” Nabokov Studies, 14, 2016, 33 – 59

– “’A Weird Place:’ Nabokov and the Topography of the Foreign Governess.” Nailya Garipova Castellano and José Torres Núnez (eds.). Women in Nabokov’s Life and Art. Bern, New York, Oxford: Peter Lang, 2016, 153 – 174

– “’The Mysteries of Mimicry” and Nature as Supreme Art: Nabokov’s Intangible Nature.” Nabokov Online Journal  (NOJ) IX, 2015. Web

– “’Beyond the Pleasure Principle’: Nabokov’s Homo Poeticus.“  The Nabokovian 62, 2009, 5 – 25

– “Eary Doubles: Tympanic Mechanisms and Cochlear Structures in Nabokov’s Ada.”

Nabokov Studies, 18, 2022 – 23, pp. 53 – 65

– “Nabokov’s Sonic Geographies.” Nabokov Online Journal, XV, 2021

– “Undulations and Vibrations, Tonalities and Harmonies: Nabokov, Acoustics and the Otherworld.” Marie Bouchet, Julie Loison-Charles, Isabelle Poulin (eds.) The Five Senses in Nabokov’s Works. London: Palgrave Macmillan, 2020, pp. 275 – 293

– “Dark Chambers: Nabokov and the Second Sense.” Nabokov Online Journal, XIII, 2019

Other Academic Papers:

– “She Loves the Blood of the Young”: The Bloodthirsty Female as Cultural Mediator in Lafcadio Hearn’s “The Story of Chūgōrō.” Dorothea Fischer-Hornung and Monika Müller (eds.) Vampires and Zombies: Transcultural Migrations and Transnational Interpretations. Jackson: U P of Mississippi, 2015, 62 – 88

– “‘That Indefinable Nothing, That Inestimable Something:’ Empathy and the Miraculum of Art

in The Marble Faun.” Nathaniel Hawthorne Review,  37, 1, 2011, 88 – 108

– “Existence / Insistence: The Pathic Moment In Gertrude Stein’s Poetics.“  Wascana Review, 36,2, 2001, 38 – 59


–  “Betram, John and Yuri Leving (eds.): Lolita: The Story of a Cover Girl. Vladimir Nabokov’s Novel in Art and Design. Blue Ash, Ohio: Print Books, 2013.”

Russian Review 73,2 (2014), 310 -311


– « Undulations and Vibrations, Tonalities and Harmonies: Nabokov, Acoustics and the Otherworld. » The Five Senses in Nabokov’s Work. Eds. Marie Bouchet, Julie Loison-Charles, Isabelle Poulin. London: Palgrave Macmillan

– « Dark Chambers: Nabokov and the Second Sense. » Nabokov Online Journal