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The Russian Memoir
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Throughout the development of modern Russian society, the memoir, with its dual agendas of individualized expression and reliable reportage, has maintained a popular and abiding national genre "contract" between Russian writers and readers. The essays in The Russian Memoir: History and Literature seek to appreciate the literary construction of this much read, yet little analyzed, form and to explore its functions as interpretive history, social modelling, and political expression in Russian culture.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
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  1. Title Page, Copyright
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  1. Contents
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  1. Acknowledgments
  2. p. vii
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  1. Introduction
  2. pp. ix-xxxix
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  1. Part I: The Memoir and the World
  1. Lidiia Ginzburg: Images of the Intelligentsia
  2. pp. 5-34
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  1. The Stuffed Shirt Unstuffed: Zabolotsky’s “Early Years” and the Complexity of Soviet Culture
  2. pp. 35-52
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  1. The Italics Are Hers: Matrophobia and the Family Romance in Elena Bonner’s
  2. pp. 53-69
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  1. Accommodating Consumers’ Desires: El’dar Riazanov’s Memoirs in Soviet and Post-Soviet Russia
  2. pp. 70-89
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  1. Part II: The Memoir and the Word
  1. The Canonization of Dolgorukaia
  2. pp. 93-127
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  1. Art and Prostokvasha: Avdot’ia Panaeva’s Work
  2. pp. 128-144
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  1. The Art of Memory: Cultural Reverence as Political Critique in Evgeniia Ginzburg’s Writing of the Gulag
  2. pp. 145-166
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  1. English as Sanctuary: Nabokov’s and Brodsky’s Autobiographical Writings
  2. pp. 167-185
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  1. The Tale of Bygone Years: Reconstructing the Past in the Contemporary Russian Memoir
  2. pp. 186-208
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  1. Contributors
  2. pp. 211-213
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  1. Index
  2. pp. 215-221
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