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A.M. Gorky Institute
of World Literature
of the Russian Academy of Sciences

IWL RAS Publishing

A.M. Gorky Institute of World Literature
of the Russian Academy of Sciences


Povarskaya 25a, 121069 Moscow, Russia



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About the author:

Olga R. Demidova, PhD in Philology, DSc in Philosophy, Full Professor, Leningrad State University after A.S. Pushkin, Peterburgskoe ave., 10, 196605 St. Petersburg, Russia.


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The article deals with epistolary strategies used by Zinaida Gippius to construct her relationships with various addressees on the borderline the public and the private. The text is mostly based on Gippius’s letters to Nina 288 Berberova and Vladislav Khodasevich, illustrating the evolution of the three writers’ relationships during the 1920s–1930s. Besides, a wide range of other texts (the letters of all the three to other addressees, émigré publications in the periodicals, diaries, and memoirs) are used as the background for the reconstruction of the history of Gippius — Khodasevich — Berberova relationships, the author of the article relying on the comparative and hermeneutic reading of cultural texts methodology and techniques.

  • Keywords: epistolaria, epistolary strategies / politics, the public, the private, manipulation, literature, the periodicals.


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