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Beyond MetafictionSelf-Consciousness in Soviet Literature$
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David Shepherd

Print publication date: 1992

Print ISBN-13: 9780198156666

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198156666.001.0001

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Facts versus Figures: Marietta Shaginyan

Facts versus Figures: Marietta Shaginyan

(p.64) 3 Facts versus Figures: Marietta Shaginyan
Beyond Metafiction

David Shepherd

Oxford University Press

This chapter examines Marietta Shaginyan's metafiction titled Kik. This short novel played a large part in installing and maintaining the perception of Shaginyan as a stolid, uncritical supported of the Soviet Union's literary and political institutions. The dominant mode in this work is hyperbolic stylization of familiar but anachronistic genres and this novel was characterized by the constant interplay of the literary versions of event with a reality whose own status is subtly called into question.

Keywords:   Marietta Shaginyan, Kik, metafiction, Soviet literature, hyperbolic stylization, anachronistic genres

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