Beyond Metafiction: Self-Consciousness in Soviet Literature

Beyond Metafiction: Self-Consciousness in Soviet Literature

by David Shepherd
     
 

ISBN-10: 0198156669

ISBN-13: 9780198156666

Pub. Date: 09/28/1994

Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA


Although metafiction has been the subject of much critical and theoretical writing, this is the first full-length study of its place in Soviet literature. Focusing on metafictional works by Leonid Leonov, Marietta Shaginyan, Konstantin Vaginov, and Veniamin Kaverin, it examines, within a broadly Bakhtinian theoretical framework, the relationship between their self…  See more details below

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Although metafiction has been the subject of much critical and theoretical writing, this is the first full-length study of its place in Soviet literature. Focusing on metafictional works by Leonid Leonov, Marietta Shaginyan, Konstantin Vaginov, and Veniamin Kaverin, it examines, within a broadly Bakhtinian theoretical framework, the relationship between their self-consciousness and their cultural and political context. The texts are shown to challenge notions about the nature and function of literature fundamental to both Soviet and Anglo-American criticism. In particular, although metafictional strategies may seem designed to confirm assumptions about the aesthetic autonomy of the literary text, their effect is to reveal the shortcomings of such assumptions. The texts discussed take us beyond conventional understandings of metafiction by highlighting the need for a theoretically informed account of the history and reception of Soviet literature in which the inescapability of politics and ideology is no longer acknowledged grudgingly, but celebrated.

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ISBN-13:
9780198156666
Publisher:
Oxford University Press, USA
Publication date:
09/28/1994
Pages:
272
Product dimensions:
5.69(w) x 8.75(h) x 0.82(d)

Table of Contents

Transliteration and Translation
1Introduction: Metafiction and Soviet Literature1
2Reflecting on Fiction: Leonid Leonov29
3Facts versus Figures: Marietta Shaginyan64
4Discrowning the Writer: Konstantin Vaginov90
5Knowing the Artist: Veniamin Kaverin122
6Re Reading, Rewriting161
7Conclusion: Rewriting Literary History191
Bibliography204
Index251

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