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Blokada v slove: Ocerki kriticeskoj teorii i biopolitiki jazyka
Södertörn University, Centre for Baltic and East European Studies (CBEES).
2013 (Russian)Book (Other academic)
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Moskva: Novoe Literaturnoe Obozrenie, 2013. , 428 p.
Intellektualnaja istorija
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Languages and Literature
Research subject
Critical and Cultural Theory
URN: urn:nbn:se:sh:diva-18287ISBN: 978-5-4448-0044-7 (print)OAI: diva2:602297

The regime of writing in the Stalinist USSR, whether in fiction, autobiography, publicistic, philosophical, or ideological texts -- is marked by a corporeality deformed by wars, terror, famine, and mass-scale administrative manipulations of the population. In this book, I am suggesting an approach aimed at the solution of two mutually related hermeneutic challenges. One is an attempt at a theoretical intepretation of readerly and writerly strategies in conditions of Stalinist biopolitics. The other seeks to produce a new continuity berween the Soviet intellectual experiment and its contemporary European theoretical thought. For this purpose, various Russian texts produced between the 1920s and 1950s, were given a comparative reading in the light of Walter Benjamin's critical theory, especially his teaching on Modern history, experience, and language. The book opens and closes with two essays about the Soviet deaf-blind author and scholar Olga Skorokhodova (1914-1982). Deaf-blindness is interpreted as an allegory of writing under Stalinism in general, and < deaf-blind writer's experience of inventing her own "deaf-blind" lanaguage as an experiment in overcoming the Stalinist regime of writing.

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