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"Who, what am I?" : Tolstoy struggles to narrate the self / Irina Paperno.

Author/Creator:
Paperno, Irina author.
Publication:
Ithaca : Cornell University Press, 2014.
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Book
x, 229 pages ; 24 cm
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Other Title:
Tolstoy stuggles to narrate the self
Subjects:
Tolstoy, Leo, graf, 1828-1910 -- Criticism and interpretation.
Russian prose literature -- 19th century -- History and criticism.
Autobiography -- Authorship.
Identity (Psychology) in literature.
Self in literature.
Tolstoy, Leo, graf, 1828-1910.
Russian prose literature.
Form/Genre:
Criticism, interpretation, etc.
Summary:
"An account of Tolstoy's lifelong attempt to find adequate ways to represent the self, to probe its limits and, ultimately, to arrive at an identity not based on the bodily self and its accumulated life experience. This book guides readers through the voluminous, highly personal nonfiction writings that Tolstoy produced from the 1850s until his death in 1910"-- Publisher's Web site.
Contents:
Chapter 1. "So that I could easily read myself": Tolstoy's early diaries
Interlude: between personal documents and fiction
Chapter 2. "To tell one's faith is impossible... how to tell that which I live by. I'll tell you, all the same..." Tolstoy in his correspondence
Chapter 3. Tolstoys confession: what am I?
Chapter 4. "To write my life": Tolstoy tries, and fails, to produce a memoir or autobiography
Chapter 5. "What should we do then?": Tolstoy on self and other
Chapter 6. "I felt a completely new liberation from personality": Tolstoy's late diaries.
Notes:
Includes bibliographical references (pages 201-221) and index.
ISBN:
9780801453342
0801453348
OCLC:
879583414