“Непроявленные негативы”: Дневник Софьи Островской

Irina Savkina

Abstract


“Undeveloped negatives”: Sophia Ostrovskaya’s Diary


The present article reviews Sophia Ostrovskaya’s (1902-1983) Diary as a compositional unity of separate ‘diaries’ written with different purposes using different strategies of diary writing. The article is focused mainly on diaries written  in  the  period  1933-1947.  I  analyse  the  techniques  of  creating  a  ‘cryptogrammic diary’ in order to overcome the taboos and the ways of constructing a 
social  and  gender  identity  through  the  writing  process.  The  article also  discusses the complex interaction between the ‘modernist’ and the ‘Soviet’ types 
of subjectivity within the frame of the description of the ‘self’ operated through 
the diary. 


Keywords


Ostrovskaya; Diary writing; Cryptogrammatic diary; Gender identity; Subjectivity

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DOI: https://doi.org/10.25430/2281-6992/v4-241-262

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

Dipartimento di Studi Linguistici e Letterari
Via Elisabetta Vendramini 13
35137 PADOVA

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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