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Literary Testimonies and Fictional Experiences: Gulag Literature Between Fact and Fiction
Södertörn University, School of Culture and Education, Aesthetics.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-7789-9777
2021 (English)In: Studia Phænomenologica, ISSN 1582-5647, E-ISSN 2069-0061, Vol. 21, p. 197-223Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

This article discusses the role of Gulag literature in connection to testimony, literature and historical documentation. Drawing on the thoughts of Jacques Derrida and Hannah Arendt, the article examines the difficulty of witnesses being believed in the absence of evidence. In particular, the article focuses on the vulnerability of the Gulag authors, due to the ongoing Soviet repression at the time of their writing. It examines the interplay between the repression and the literature that exposed it. The article contends that the fictionalization of Gulag literature enabled the authors to go further in challenging Soviet repression. Focusing on the fictional accounts written by Varlam Shalamov and Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn, it argues that the fictionalized Gulag literature makes the experience of the camp universe possible to imagine for those outside, allowing readers to believe in an experience that otherwise seems incredible.

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Romanian Society for Phenomenology , 2021. Vol. 21, p. 197-223
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Philosophy
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Baltic and East European studies
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URN: urn:nbn:se:sh:diva-46703DOI: 10.5840/studphaen20212110ISI: 000706979900010Scopus ID: 2-s2.0-85119200590OAI: oai:DiVA.org:sh-46703DiVA, id: diva2:1610458
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Tell the West: Witness Literature from the Gulag Archipelago 1925-2012, The Foundation for Baltic and East European Studies
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The Foundation for Baltic and East European Studies, 2018-0084Available from: 2021-11-11 Created: 2021-11-11 Last updated: 2022-03-23Bibliographically approved

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