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Beyond Metafiction: Self-Consciousness in Soviet Literature

David Shepherd


Although metafiction has been the subject of much critical and theoretical writing, this is the first full-length study of its place in Soviet literature. Focusing on metafictional works by Leonid Leonov, Marietta Shaginyan, Konstantin Vaginov, and Veniamin Kaverin, it examines, within a broadly Bakhtinian theoretical framework, the relationship between their self-consciousness and their cultural and political context. The texts are shown to challenge notions about the nature and function of literature fundamental to both Soviet and Anglo-American criticism. In particular, although metafiction ... More

Keywords: metafiction, Soviet literature, Leonid Leonov, Marietta Shaginyan, Konstantin Vaginov, Veniamin Kaverin, Bakhtin, self-consciousness, Anglo-American criticism

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 1992 Print ISBN-13: 9780198156666
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198156666.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

David Shepherd, author
University of Manchester