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In what marks an exciting new critical direction, Rebecca Stanton contends that the city of Odessa—as a canonical literary image and as a kaleidoscopic cultural milieu—shaped the narrative strategies developed by Isaac Babel and his contemporaries of the Revolutionary generation. Modeling themselves on the tricksters and rogues of Odessa lore, Babel and his fellow Odessans Val­entin Kataev and Yury Olesha manipulated their literary personae through complex, playful, and often subversive negotiations of the boundary between autobiography and fiction. In so doing, they cannily took up a place prepared for them in the Russian canon and fostered modes of storytelling that both reflected and resisted the aesthetics of Socialist Realism. Stanton concludes with a rereading of Babel’s “autobiographical” stories and examines their leg­acy in post-Thaw works by Kataev, Olesha, and Konstantin Paustovsky.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
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  1. Title Page, Copyright
  2. pp. iii-iv
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  1. Contents
  2. p. vii
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  1. Acknowledgments
  2. pp. ix-x
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  1. Notes on Translation and Transliteration
  2. p. xi
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  1. Introduction: Stories that Come True
  2. pp. 3-16
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  1. 1. City Through the Looking-Glass: Literary Odessa
  2. pp. 17-42
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  1. 2. Isaac Babel: Stories That Lie Like Truth
  2. pp. 43-73
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  1. 3. Babel's Bildungsroman and Odessan Modernism
  2. pp. 74-101
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  1. 4. Reinventing the Self: Valentin Kataev and Yury Olesha
  2. pp. 102-142
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  1. Conclusion: The Odessan Self
  2. pp. 143-146
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  1. Notes
  2. pp. 147-176
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  1. Bibliography
  2. pp. 177-190
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  1. Index
  2. pp. 191-205
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Additional Information

ISBN
9780810166158
Related ISBN
9780810128323
MARC Record
OCLC
830022922
Launched on MUSE
2012-11-16
Language
English
Open Access
No
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