Writing memory: intertextuality and intra-textuality

Katharine Hodgson

in Voicing the Soviet Experience

Published by British Academy

Published in print November 2003 | ISBN: 9780197262894
Published online February 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780191734977 | DOI:

Series: British Academy Postdoctoral Fellowship Monographs

Writing memory: intertextuality and intra-textuality

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This chapter explores the web of intra-textual allusion that connects the most diverse of Berggol′ts's works. The intensely self-referential nature of her writing, particularly after the Second World War, suggests that the poet's creative response to contradictions she could not resolve was to embark on a continuing and open-ended process of self-refashioning, striving towards but never achieving wholeness. Berggol′ts's writing on the Leningrad siege is situated within the context of her work as a whole, rather than being analysed in isolation. This close study of the work of a single author will, it is hoped, provoke readers whose interests include Russian poetry, the literary history of the Soviet period, other ‘official’ writers in the Stalin era, and women's writing into reassessing the cultural heritage of an era that can seem remote and impenetrable.

Keywords: Russian poets; women poets; intra-textual allusion; self-refashioning; Leningrad siege

Chapter.  20172 words. 

Subjects: Literary Studies (Poetry and Poets)

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