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Lydia Ginzburg's ProseReality in Search of Literature$
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Emily Van Buskirk

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9780691166797

Published to Princeton Scholarship Online: October 2017

DOI: 10.23943/princeton/9780691166797.001.0001

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Marginality in the Mainstream, Lesbian Love in the Third Person

Marginality in the Mainstream, Lesbian Love in the Third Person

(p.109) Chapter 3 Marginality in the Mainstream, Lesbian Love in the Third Person
Lydia Ginzburg's Prose

Emily Van Buskirk

Princeton University Press

This chapter undertakes a treatment of the rhetoric of personal pronouns in Ginzburg's writings on love and sexuality, drawing on Michael Lucey's study of the first person in twentieth-century French literature about love. It brings together questions of genre and narrative, on the one hand, and gender and sexuality, on the other. The chapter is divided into two sections, treating writings from two different periods on two kinds of love Ginzburg thought typical of intellectuals: in “First Love,” it discusses the unrequited and tragic love depicted in Ginzburg's teenage diaries (1920–23); in “Second Love,” it analyzes the love that is realized but in the end equally tragic, depicted in drafts related to Home and the World (1930s). The chapter examines the models the author sought in literary, psychological, and philosophical texts (Weininger, Kraft-Ebbing, Blok, Shklovsky, Oleinikov, Hemingway, and Proust).

Keywords:   personal pronouns, love, sexuality, Michael Lucey, teenage diaries, Lydia Ginzburg, Weininger, Kraft–Ebbing, Blok, Shklovsky

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