“О себе я стараюсь говорить поменьше, но все-таки говорю”: самоидентификация и память в русском женском автобиографическом письме конца XIX – первой половины ХХ вв.

Natalia Rodigina, Tatiana Saburova


The present article focuses on the strategies related to self-identification and the creation of the ‘Self’ in the autobiographical memoirs of Elizaveta Vodovozova and Ariadna Tyrkova-Williams, two representatives of the generations of the ‘Sixties’ and the ‘Eighties’ in nineteenth century Russia. The authors reveal the different forms of autobiographical self-representations, the links between individuality and the social, political, cultural communities (real and imagined) in the Russian women’s autobiographies; the role and meanings of such notions as ‘family’, ‘generation’, ‘intelligentsia’, and ‘nation’ in the construction of identity. The authors discuss the hierarchy and specificity of identities, which were reflected in the memoirs. In particular, they focus on generational, professional, and gender identity, accepting the concept of multiple identities; the connection between ‘private’ and ‘public’ in the Russian women’s autobiographical texts, the methods of incorporating private life into history are also described in the text.


Self-identification; Vodovozova; Tyrkova-Williams; Autobiographical memoirs; Identities

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DOI: https://doi.org/10.25430/2281-6992/v1-121-144


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Journal on Life Writing and the Representation of the Self in Russian Culture

Dipartimento di Studi Linguistici e Letterari
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ISSN: 2281-6992
Registrazione del Tribunale di Padova 23-04-2013, n. 2326 Registro della Stampa,
Variazione: Tribunale di Padova 27-10-2014, n. 3197 Registro della Stampa.

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