Населяя историю людьми: биографический метод как инструмент гуманитарной науки

Violetta Gudkova


This paper highlights the way in which biographies (as well as autobiographies, diaries, official documents, etc.) play an important role in reconstructing in the most authentic and reliable way the biography of the writer during the ‘anthropological turn’ caused by the October Revolution and until the 1930s. False myths are proven wrong by such documents, which reveal instead the real reasons behind some of the choices made by these writers. The author takes into consideration archives and other biographical materials related to Mikhail Bulgakov, Iurii Olesha and other writers. Her study gives the idea that the ‘biographical landscape’ has changed. It now shows a clear divide: personal documents reveal a different reality from that recounted by official documents.


biography; false myths; Bulgakov; Olesha; Archive and biographical materials; Biographical landscapes

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DOI: https://doi.org/10.25430/2281-6992/v5-017-037


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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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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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