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Author Van Buskirk, Emily, author

Title Lydia Ginzburg's prose : reality in search of literature / Emily Van Buskirk
Published Princeton, NJ : Princeton University Press, 2016


Description 1 online resource
Contents Writing the self after the crisis of individualism: distancing and moral evaluation -- The poetics of desk-drawer notebooks -- Marginality in the mainstream, lesbian love in the third person -- Passing characters -- Transformation of experience: around and behind Notes of a Blockade Person
Summary "The Russian writer Lydia Ginzburg (1902-90) is best known for her Notes from the Leningrad Blockade and for influential critical studies, such as On Psychological Prose, investigating the problem of literary character in French and Russian novels and memoirs. Yet she viewed her most vital work to be the extensive prose fragments, composed for the desk drawer, in which she analyzed herself and other members of the Russian intelligentsia through seven traumatic decades of Soviet history. In this book, the first full-length English-language study of the writer, Emily Van Buskirk presents Ginzburg as a figure of previously unrecognized innovation and importance in the literary landscape of the twentieth century. Based on a decade's work in Ginzburg's archives, the book discusses previously unknown manuscripts and uncovers a wealth of new information about the author's life, focusing on Ginzburg's quest for a new kind of writing adequate to her times. She writes of universal experiences, frustrated love, professional failures, remorse, aging, and explores the modern fragmentation of identity in the context of war, terror, and an oppressive state. Searching for a new concept of the self, and deeming the psychological novel (a beloved academic specialty) inadequate to express this concept, Ginzburg turned to fragmentary narratives that blur the lines between history, autobiography, and fiction. This full account of Ginzburg's writing career in many genres and emotional registers enables us not only to rethink the experience of Soviet intellectuals, but to arrive at a new understanding of writing and witnessing during a horrific century"--Publisher's website
Analysis Bakhtin
French novel
Lydia Ginzburg
Michael Lucey
Notes of a Blockade Person
Pyotr Vyazemsky
Russian novel
Russian writer
Russian writers
Soviet Union
character analysis
frustrated love
in-between prose
literary character
literary scholars
moral action
personal pronouns
post-individualist prose
professional failure
teenage diaries
third-person narrative
women writers
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index
Notes In English
Online resource; title from PDF title page (EBSCO, viewed November 25, 2015)
In Title is part of the collection: De Gruyter Rights, Action, and Social Responsibility
Subject Ginzburg, Lidii︠a︡, 1902-1990 -- Criticism and interpretation
Ginzburg, Lidii︠a︡, 1902-1990 -- Notebooks, sketchbooks, etc
Ginzburg, Lidija Jakovlevna, 1902-1990
Ginzburg, Lidii͡a, 1902-1990 -- Notebooks, sketchbooks, etc
Ginzburg, Lidii͡a, 1902-1990 -- Criticism and interpretation
Ginzburg, Lidii︠a︡, 1902-1990
LITERARY CRITICISM -- Russian & Former Soviet Union.
LITERARY CRITICISM -- European -- Eastern.
Intellektuella -- historia.
Genre/Form Criticism, interpretation, etc.
Notebooks, sketchbooks, etc.
Form Electronic book
ISBN 9781400873777