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Cassio Ferreira de Oliveira
Portland State University (Portland, OR 97207-0751)
Collective and Individual Identity Formation in the Soviet Picaresque Novel, 1921-1938

Research and writing leading to a book on the genre of the picaresque novel under the Soviet regime in the years 1921-1938.

Archival research and completion of book chapter on Soviet picaresque narratives. In my book manuscript, I analyze the role of the picaresque as a locus of individual resistance, ambivalence, and apparent reconciliation vis-à-vis the Soviet regime. The picaresque narrates the adventures of a character in the margins of society and his attempts at social ascension and rehabilitation across the territory of a rapidly changing USSR. As a mode of writing and of literary representation of the Soviet Union’s breakneck development, the picaresque suited writers as a means to come to terms with disparate aspects of life in communism. Much as the classical picaresque at once depicted and undermined the Spanish colonial enterprise in the Age of Discoveries, the Soviet picaresque narratives participated in an empire-building project while questioning the basic tenets of the communist experiment.

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Project fields:
Comparative Literature; Media Studies; Slavic Literature

Summer Stipends

Research Programs

$6,000 (approved)
$6,000 (awarded)

Grant period:
7/1/2018 – 8/31/2018