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The Poetics of Viktor Shklovsky's Memoirs

Student: Klara Yagodinskaya

Supervisor: Pavel Uspensky

Faculty: Faculty of Humanities

Educational Programme: Philology (Bachelor)

Final Grade: 8

Year of Graduation: 2019

Viktor Shklovsky is one of the most important literary critics in XX century Russia. However, his body of autobiographical work is researched negligibly. Yet his books based on the autobiographical material appear to be of particular interest, due to their strong political engagement (which gives them an opportunity to be perceived as an important document of the epoch) and their particular arrangement at the interface of autobiography, fictional text and «philological prose» — the particularity of Shklovsky’s style. This paper will mostly be concentrated on the comparison of Shklovsky’s early (1920s) and late (1960s) autobiographical writings, in order to understand how did Shklovsky use his books for social and political reasons.

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