"Who, what am I?" : Tolstoy struggles to narrate the self / Irina Paperno.
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|Subject:||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.
- ISBN: 9780801454967
- ISBN: 0801454964
- Physical Description: 1 online resource
- Publisher: Ithaca : Cornell University Press, 2014.
|Bibliography, etc. Note:|| Includes bibliographical references and index.
|Formatted Contents Note:|| Frontmatter -- Contents -- Acknowledgments -- Introduction -- 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. Tolstoy's 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 -- Appendix: Russian Quotations -- Notes -- Index.
|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.
|Language Note:|| In English.
|Source of Description Note:|| Print version record.