The fifteen essays in this volume explore the extraordinary range and diversity of the autobiographical mode in twentieth-century Russian literature from various critical perspectives. They will whet the appetite of readers interested in penetrating beyond the canonical texts of Russian literature. The introduction focuses on the central issues ...Read MoreThe fifteen essays in this volume explore the extraordinary range and diversity of the autobiographical mode in twentieth-century Russian literature from various critical perspectives. They will whet the appetite of readers interested in penetrating beyond the canonical texts of Russian literature. The introduction focuses on the central issues and key problems of current autobiographical theory and practice in both the West and in the Soviet Union, while each essay treats an aspect of auto-biographical praxis in the context of an individual author's work and often in dialogue with another of the included writers. Examined here are first the experimental writings of the early years of the twentieth century--Rozanov, Remizov, and Bely; second, the unique autobiographical statements of the mid-1920s through the early 1940s--Mandelstam, Pasternak, Olesha, and Zoshchenko; and finally, the diverse and vital contemporary writings of the 1960s through the 1980s as exemplified not only by creative writers but also by scholars, by Soviet citizens as well as by emigrs--Trifonov, Nadezhda Mandelstam, Lydia Ginzburg, Nabokov, Jakobson, Sinyavsky, and Limonov.Read Less
Minor rubbing, VG., dustwrapper. 24x16cm, xi, 287 pp. Contains 15 papers. Includes: J.G. Harris "Diversity of Discourse: Autobiographical Statements in Theory & Praxis"; A.L. Crone "Rozanov & Autobiography: The Case of Vasily Vasilievich"; O. Raevsky-Hughes "Alexey Remizov's Later Autobiographical Prose"; C. Catellano "Andrey Bely's Memories of Fiction"; J.G. Harris "Autobiography & History: Osip Mandelstam's 'Noise of Time'"; K. Pomorska "Boris Pasternak's 'Safe Conduct'"; E.K. Beaujour "The Imagination of Failure: Fiction & Autobiography in the Work of Yuri Olesha"; K. Hanson "Autobiography & Conversion: Zoschenko's 'Before Sunrise'"; J. Pilling "A Tremulous Prism: Nabokov's 'Speak, Memory'"; F. Björling "Yury Trifonov's 'The House on the Embankment': Fiction or Autobiography? "; C. Isenberg "The Rhetoric of Nadezhda Mandelstam's 'Hope Against Hope'"; S, . Pratt "Lydia Ginzburg & the Fluidity of Genre"; K. Pomorska "Roman Jakobson: The Autobiography of a Scholar"; A.J. Nussbaum "Literary Selves: The Tertz-Sinyavsky Dialogue".
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