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Two Babels—Two Aphrodites: Autobiography in Maria and Babel's Petersburg Myth

Gregory Freidin

in The Enigma of Isaac Babel: Biography, History, Context

Published in print:
2009
Published Online:
June 2013
ISBN:
9780804759038
eISBN:
9780804773331
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Stanford University Press
DOI:
10.11126/stanford/9780804759038.003.0002
Subject:
Literature, European Literature

This chapter looks for the autobiographical “message in a bottle” in Babel's own writing, especially the little-understood play Maria as well as the stories of the 1920s and 1930s leading up to it. ... More


The Enigma of Isaac Babel: Biography, History, Context

Gregory Freidin (ed.)

Published in print:
2009
Published Online:
June 2013
ISBN:
9780804759038
eISBN:
9780804773331
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Stanford University Press
DOI:
10.11126/stanford/9780804759038.001.0001
Subject:
Literature, European Literature

A literary cult figure on a par with Franz Kafka, Isaac Babel has remained an enigma ever since he disappeared, along with his archive, inside Stalin's secret police headquarters in May of 1939. Made ... More


The Child's Eye: Isaac Babel's Innovations in Narration in Russian-Jewish, American, and European Literary Contexts

Zsuzsa Hetényi

in The Enigma of Isaac Babel: Biography, History, Context

Published in print:
2009
Published Online:
June 2013
ISBN:
9780804759038
eISBN:
9780804773331
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Stanford University Press
DOI:
10.11126/stanford/9780804759038.003.0010
Subject:
Literature, European Literature

The narrative method of the child's eye, reflecting the dual identity of succeeding generations, is a phenomenon that seems to be the most outstanding achievement of the Jewish literature of ... More


Isaac Babel and the Jewish Experience of Revolution

Carol J. Avins

in The Enigma of Isaac Babel: Biography, History, Context

Published in print:
2009
Published Online:
June 2013
ISBN:
9780804759038
eISBN:
9780804773331
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Stanford University Press
DOI:
10.11126/stanford/9780804759038.003.0004
Subject:
Literature, European Literature

This chapter examines Babel's work, especially his story “The Road,” in the context of the written record of the Jewish experience of the Russian Revolution, and offers a fresh reading of one of the ... More


Text, Intertext, Context: Babel, Bialik, and Others

Efraim Sicher

in The Enigma of Isaac Babel: Biography, History, Context

Published in print:
2009
Published Online:
June 2013
ISBN:
9780804759038
eISBN:
9780804773331
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Stanford University Press
DOI:
10.11126/stanford/9780804759038.003.0011
Subject:
Literature, European Literature

This chapter contextualizes Babel's writings in the contemporary Yiddish and Hebrew literature, drawing attention to another instance of Babel's “double bookkeeping”: the subtexts in his writings ... More


Thinned and Diluted: Babel in Published Russian Literature of the Soviet Period

Marietta Chudakova

in The Enigma of Isaac Babel: Biography, History, Context

Published in print:
2009
Published Online:
June 2013
ISBN:
9780804759038
eISBN:
9780804773331
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Stanford University Press
DOI:
10.11126/stanford/9780804759038.003.0006
Subject:
Literature, European Literature

This chapter presents a fascinating view of Babel's evolution as a writer and stylist in his interaction with the body of Russian and Soviet Russian literature. Contrary to the prevailing view of ... More


Pan Pisar': Clerkship in Babel's First-Person Narration

Elif Batuman

in The Enigma of Isaac Babel: Biography, History, Context

Published in print:
2009
Published Online:
June 2013
ISBN:
9780804759038
eISBN:
9780804773331
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Stanford University Press
DOI:
10.11126/stanford/9780804759038.003.0009
Subject:
Literature, European Literature

This chapter presents specific readings of five of Babel's “metaliterary” stories—“Guy de Maupassant,” “The Ivan-and-Maria,” “The Story of My Dovecote,” “My First Fee,” and “Pan Apolek”—wherein the ... More


Researching Babel's Biography: Adventures and Misadventures

Patricia Blake

in The Enigma of Isaac Babel: Biography, History, Context

Published in print:
2009
Published Online:
June 2013
ISBN:
9780804759038
eISBN:
9780804773331
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Stanford University Press
DOI:
10.11126/stanford/9780804759038.003.0001
Subject:
Literature, European Literature

This chapter sketches out a portrait of Issac Babel using as a backdrop the early days of her biographer's journey—an American writer researching a book on Babel's life and death in Moscow during the ... More


Writers at the Front: Language of State in the Civil War Narratives of Isaac Babel and Dmitrii Furmanov

Michaels Gorham

in The Enigma of Isaac Babel: Biography, History, Context

Published in print:
2009
Published Online:
June 2013
ISBN:
9780804759038
eISBN:
9780804773331
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Stanford University Press
DOI:
10.11126/stanford/9780804759038.003.0005
Subject:
Literature, European Literature

This chapter offers a historical context for understanding Babel—the struggle for the authoritative postrevolutionary language of state, which ultimately came to dominate public discourse in Russia. ... More


Staging Babel's Maria—For Young American Audiences, Seventy Years After

Carl Weber

in The Enigma of Isaac Babel: Biography, History, Context

Published in print:
2009
Published Online:
June 2013
ISBN:
9780804759038
eISBN:
9780804773331
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Stanford University Press
DOI:
10.11126/stanford/9780804759038.003.0012
Subject:
Literature, European Literature

In this chapter, the author, who directed the Stanford production of Maria, shares his thoughts both on his direction of the play and the special concerns of a director producing the work for the ... More


The Stillbirth of Revolution

in Music from a Speeding Train: Jewish Literature in Post-Revolution Russia

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
June 2013
ISBN:
9780804774437
eISBN:
9780804779043
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Stanford University Press
DOI:
10.11126/stanford/9780804774437.003.0002
Subject:
Society and Culture, Jewish Studies

The Russian Revolution of 1917 smashed all the boundaries dividing class, gender, nationality, language, the sacred from the profane, and art from life. It is no wonder that this momentous event in ... More


Babel, Flaubert, and the Rapture of Perception

Robert Alter

in The Enigma of Isaac Babel: Biography, History, Context

Published in print:
2009
Published Online:
June 2013
ISBN:
9780804759038
eISBN:
9780804773331
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Stanford University Press
DOI:
10.11126/stanford/9780804759038.003.0007
Subject:
Literature, European Literature

This chapter focuses on the emergence of a modern literary sensibility, juxtaposing the aestheticizing gaze implied in Flaubert's le style indirect libre with Babel's first-person narrator. Babel, ... More


Toward a Typology of “Debut” Narratives: Babel, Nabokov, and Others

Alexander Zholkovsky

in The Enigma of Isaac Babel: Biography, History, Context

Published in print:
2009
Published Online:
June 2013
ISBN:
9780804759038
eISBN:
9780804773331
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Stanford University Press
DOI:
10.11126/stanford/9780804759038.003.0008
Subject:
Literature, European Literature

This chapter sketches out a framework of invariant parameters that inform fictionalized treatments of “creative debuts,” drawing primarily on Nabokov's “First Poem” and Babel's “My First Fee”/“Answer ... More


Catastrophic narratives

Andrew Kahn, Mark Lipovetsky, Irina Reyfman, and Stephanie Sandler

in A History of Russian Literature

Published in print:
2018
Published Online:
May 2018
ISBN:
9780199663941
eISBN:
9780191770463
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780199663941.003.0037
Subject:
Literature, World Literature

The chapter considers how, beginning with the Revolution and continuing across the centry, new narrative forms in prose and poetry fashion a discourse of national destiny. As narratives conceptualize ... More


The Reds and the Jews, or the Comrades in Arms of the Military Reporter Liutov

Oleg Budnitskii

in The Enigma of Isaac Babel: Biography, History, Context

Published in print:
2009
Published Online:
June 2013
ISBN:
9780804759038
eISBN:
9780804773331
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Stanford University Press
DOI:
10.11126/stanford/9780804759038.003.0003
Subject:
Literature, European Literature

This chapter offers a new and intriguing context for reading Babel's Red Cavalry and his civil war Diary: the history of the Red Army's attitudes toward the Jews, with a special focus on Semyon ... More


Patterning a New Life: American Jewish Literature in 1929

Gabriella Safran

in 1929: Mapping the Jewish World

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
March 2016
ISBN:
9780814720202
eISBN:
9781479878253
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
NYU Press
DOI:
10.18574/nyu/9780814720202.003.0012
Subject:
History, Cultural History

This chapter examines American Jewish literature produced in 1929, with particular emphasis on Michael Gold's “proletarian novel” Jews without Money, Charles Reznikoff's By the Waters of Manhattan, ... More


Diary, 1901–1969

Kornei Chukovsky

in Diary, 1901-1969

Published in print:
2005
Published Online:
October 2013
ISBN:
9780300106114
eISBN:
9780300137972
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Yale University Press
DOI:
10.12987/yale/9780300106114.003.0001
Subject:
History, European Modern History

This is an abridged version of Kornei Chukovsky's diary, a voluminous document spanning seven decades and three generations (1901–1969), beginning in pre-revolutionary Russia and encompassing almost ... More


Conclusion: Confronting the Legacy of the Stereotype: Babel, Rybakov, and Jewish Death

in The Ridiculous Jew: The Exploitation and Transformation of a Stereotype in Gogol, Turgenev, and Dostoevsky

Published in print:
2008
Published Online:
June 2013
ISBN:
9780804759526
eISBN:
9780804769853
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Stanford University Press
DOI:
10.11126/stanford/9780804759526.003.0009
Subject:
Society and Culture, Jewish Studies

This chapter discusses the most interesting responses to Gogol's and Turgenev's representation of the Jewish stereotype, particularly their portrayal of Jewish death, in Anatoly Rybakov's novel Heavy ... More


Diary, 1901-1969

Kornei Chukovsky

Elena Chukovskaya and Victor Erlich (eds)

Published in print:
2005
Published Online:
October 2013
ISBN:
9780300106114
eISBN:
9780300137972
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Yale University Press
DOI:
10.12987/yale/9780300106114.001.0001
Subject:
History, European Modern History

A perceptive literary critic, a world-famous writer of witty and playful verses for children, a leading authority on children's linguistic creativity, and a highly skilled translator, Kornei ... More


Introduction

James Loeffler

in The Most Musical Nation: Jews and Culture in the Late Russian Empire

Published in print:
2010
Published Online:
October 2013
ISBN:
9780300137132
eISBN:
9780300162943
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Yale University Press
DOI:
10.12987/yale/9780300137132.003.0001
Subject:
Music, Psychology of Music

This introductory chapter discusses the theme of this book, which is about the Jews' search for modern identity through music, in the late Russian Empire. It explains that the first hints of a ... More


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