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Voicing the Soviet ExperienceThe Poetry of Ol′ga Berggol′ts$
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Katharine Hodgson

Print publication date: 2003

Print ISBN-13: 9780197262894

Published to British Academy Scholarship Online: January 2012

DOI: 10.5871/bacad/9780197262894.001.0001

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Writing memory: intertextuality and intra-textuality

Writing memory: intertextuality and intra-textuality

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Voicing the Soviet Experience

Katharine Hodgson

British Academy

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

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