Self-Consciousness and the Novel
Nineteenth-Century Russian Metafiction

Margarita Vaysman

Legenda (General Series)

Legenda

  2021

ISBN: 978-1-781883-83-9 (hardback)  •  RRP £75, $99, €85

ISBN: 978-1-781883-86-0 (paperback, 2022)

ISBN: 978-1-781883-89-1 (JSTOR ebook)

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Does metafiction – the literary technique that forces readers to acknowledge they are reading a work of fiction – have a hidden past? Margarita Vaysman’s insightful study establishes metafiction as an inherent part of the entire Russian novelistic tradition, not merely existing but thriving in the nineteenth century. Practised by writers of often disparate ideological persuasions, metafiction was a creative answer to the period’s twin preoccupations with politics and aesthetics.

In Self-Consciousness and the Novel, Vaysman examines metafiction’s complex correlation with Russian realism in three novels from across the ideological spectrum of the 1860s: What Is To Be Done? (1863) by the famous political radical Nikolai Chernyshevsky, Troubled Seas (1863) by the forgotten reactionary conservative Alexei Pisemskii, and Woman’s Lot (1862) by Avdotia Panaeva, a female writer struggling for professional recognition. These case studies are richly contextualized by the writers’ diaries, letters, and memoirs, as well as official legal and financial sources.

Margarita Vaysman is a Lecturer in Russian at the University of St Andrews.

Bibliography entry:

Vaysman, Margarita, Self-Consciousness and the Novel: Nineteenth-Century Russian Metafiction (Cambridge: Legenda, 2021)

First footnote reference: 35 Margarita Vaysman, Self-Consciousness and the Novel: Nineteenth-Century Russian Metafiction (Cambridge: Legenda, 2021), p. 21.

Subsequent footnote reference: 37 Vaysman, p. 47.

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Vaysman, Margarita. 2021. Self-Consciousness and the Novel: Nineteenth-Century Russian Metafiction (Cambridge: Legenda)

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Example footnote reference: 35 Vaysman 2021: 21.

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