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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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Transformations of Experience

Transformations of Experience

Around and Behind Notes of a Blockade Person

(p.196) Chapter 5 Transformations of Experience
Lydia Ginzburg's Prose

Emily Van Buskirk

Princeton University Press

This chapter treats Notes of a Blockade Person, a heterogeneous narrative in multiple parts that is not only Ginzburg's most important and famous “single” work, but also her most misinterpreted in terms of its genre—it is often taken for a diary or memoir. It conducts a detailed exploration of the layers of this palimpsest in order to identify more precisely the genre of Notes, an undertaking that crystallizes the central features of Ginzburg's writings as investigated throughout this book. Her techniques of self-distancing create a third-person narrative about a slightly generalized other, in a well-defined historical situation.

Keywords:   third-person narrative, self-distancing, Lydia Ginzburg, Russian writers, women writers, Notes of a Blockade Person

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