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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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Discrowning the Writer: Konstantin Vaginov

Discrowning the Writer: Konstantin Vaginov

(p.90) 4 Discrowning the Writer: Konstantin Vaginov
Beyond Metafiction

David Shepherd

Oxford University Press

This chapter examines the metafictions of Soviet writer Konstantin Vaginov. The position of Vaginov in relation to the dominant literary trends in the 1920s is as marginal as Leonid Leonov's or Marietta Shaginyan's seems central. His major works include The Goat's Song, Experiments in Connecting Words by Means of Rhythm, and The Works and Days of Svistonov. His third novel placed emphasis of authorly autonomy and its relation to cultural traditional and continuity and its metafictional strategies provided a particularly defamiliarizing angle of vision on these matters.

Keywords:   Konstantin Vaginov, metafiction, Soviet literature, The Goat's Song, Experiments in Connecting Words by Means of Rhythm, The Works and Days of Svistonov, authorly autonomy

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