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The Resource "Who, what am I?" : Tolstoy struggles to narrate the self, Irina Paperno

"Who, what am I?" : Tolstoy struggles to narrate the self, Irina Paperno

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"Who, what am I?" : Tolstoy struggles to narrate the self
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"Who, what am I?"
Title remainder
Tolstoy struggles to narrate the self
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Irina Paperno
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Language
eng
Summary
"God only knows how many diverse, captivating impressions and thoughts evoked by these impressions... pass in a single day. If it were only possible to render them in such a way that I could easily read myself and that others could read me as I do." Such was the desire of the young Tolstoy. Although he knew that this narrative utopia-turning the totality of his life into a book-would remain unfulfilled, Tolstoy would spend the rest of his life attempting to achieve it. "Who, What Am I?" is an account of Tolstoy's lifelong attempt to find adequate ways to represent the self, to probe its limits and, ultimately, to arrive at an identity not based on the bodily self and its accumulated life experience. This book guides readers through the voluminous, highly personal nonfiction writings that Tolstoy produced from the 1850s until his death in 1910. The variety of these texts is enormous, including diaries, religious tracts, personal confessions, letters, autobiographical fragments, and the meticulous accounts of dreams. For Tolstoy, inherent in the structure of the narrative form was a conception of life that accorded linear temporal order a predominant role, and this implied finitude. Tolstoy refused to accept that human life stopped with death and that the self was limited to what could be remembered and told. In short, Tolstoy's was a philosophical and religious quest, and he followed in the footsteps of many, from Plato and Augustine to Rousseau and Schopenhauer. In reconstructing Tolstoy's struggles, this book reflects on the problems of self and narrative as well as provides an intellectual and psychological biography of the writer
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Paperno, Irina
Dewey number
891.73/3
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Literary form
non fiction
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  • Tolstoy, Leo
  • Russian prose literature
  • Autobiography
  • Identity (Psychology) in literature
  • Self in literature
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adult
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"Who, what am I?" : Tolstoy struggles to narrate the self, Irina Paperno
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multicolored
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MWT12426047
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1 online resource.
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9780801454950
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(electronic bk.)
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computer
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rdamedia.
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MWT12426047
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remote
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12426047
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Mode of access: World Wide Web
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"Who, what am I?" : Tolstoy struggles to narrate the self, Irina Paperno
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Publication
Distribution
Carrier category
online resource
Carrier category code
  • cr
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier.
Color
multicolored
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent.
Control code
MWT12426047
Dimensions
unknown
Extent
1 online resource.
Form of item
  • online
  • electronic
Governing access note
Digital content provided by hoopla
Isbn
9780801454950
Isbn Type
(electronic bk.)
Media category
computer
Media MARC source
rdamedia.
Media type code
  • c
Publisher number
MWT12426047
Specific material designation
remote
Stock number
12426047
System details
Mode of access: World Wide Web

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