Stories of the Soviet Experience Memoirs, Diaries, Dreams

ISBN-10: 0801475902

ISBN-13: 9780801475900

Edition: 2009

Authors: Irina Paperno

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List price: $43.99
Copyright year: 2009
Publisher: Cornell University Press
Publication date: 7/1/2010
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 304
Size: 5.75" wide x 9.00" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.902
Language: English

Irina Paperno teaches Russian literature and intellectual history at the University of California, Berkeley. She is the author of "Who, What Am I?": Tolstoy Struggles to Narrate the Self , Stories of the Soviet Experience: Memoirs, Diaries, Dreams ; and Suicide as a Cultural Institution in Dostoevsky's Russia , all from Cornell, and Chernyshevsky and the Age of Realism: A Study in the Semiotics of Behavior .

Memoirs and Diaries Published at the End of the Soviet Epoch: An Overview
Publishers, Authors, Texts, Reader, Corpus
The Background: Memoir Writing and Historical Consciousness
Connecting the "I" and History
Revealing the Intimate
Building a Community
Moving in with a New Text
Joining the Ranks of Victims
Remembering Stalin: Tears
Family Memoirs
Two Memoirs and a Novel Tell the Same Story
Generalizations: Soviet Memoirs as a Communal Apartment
Writing at the End
The Archive and the Apocalypse
The End of the Intelligentsia
Qualification: The "I" in Quotation Marks
Excursus: Readers Respond in LiveJournal
Concluding Remarks
Two Texts: Close Readings
Lidiia Chukovskaia's Diary of Anna Akhmatova's Life: "Intimacy and Terror"
The Years of Terror: In "the Torture Chamber"
Family and Home: "The Cesspit of a Communal Apartment"
Overview of Circumstances
The Apartment in Poems and Dreams
"To Have Dinner at the Same Table as Her Husband's Wife"
How Akhmatova Left Punin
Generalizations: The Soviet State, Domestic Space, and Intimacy
During the War
Poverty and Squalor: New Living Forms and New Insight
The Helplessness and the Power
Hardships and Privileges
"A New Epoch Began": After
Did They Understand What Was Going On?
Akhmatova's Things and Manuscripts
An Aside: Memoirs as Historical Evidence
Historical Continuity: The 1930s and the 1960s
"Same Time, Same Faces, Different Memories"
Concluding Vignette: "She'll Tell You What 1937 Was Like"
The Notebooks of the Peasant Evgeniia Kiseleva: "The War Separated Us Forever"
Notebook 1: "The Story of My Life"
The Separation and the War
The Second Marriage
After the Second Marriage
Here and Now
Notebooks 2 and 3
Memory and Narrative
Television and Emotion
Television and Apocalypsis
A Comment on Historical Continuity: The Past War and the FutureWar
Generalizations: The Soviet State in the Domestic Space
Citizens and Power
The End: "We Live Like Strangers"
How These Notebooks Reached the Reader: The Interpreters
Defining the Status of the Text: "Naive Writing"
The Competition between Publishers: "Legislators and Interpreters"
The Disappearance of the Author
"Person without Subjecthood"
Concluding Remarks
Dreams of Terror: Interpretations
Comments on Dreams as Stories and as Sources
Andrei Arzhilovsky: The Peasant Raped by Stalin
Nikolai Bukharin Dreams of Stalin: Abraham and Isaac
Writers' Dreams: Mikhail Prishvin
Writers' Dreams: Veniamin Kaverin
The Dreams of Anna Akhmatova
A Comment on Writers' and Peasants' Theories of Dreams
A Philosopher's Dreams: Yakov Druskin
Stalin's Dream
Concluding Remarks
Appendix: Russian Texts
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