Objectivity in the Short Stories of Mikhail Zoshchenko
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From the Paper:"This paper examines the element of objectivity (a quality rarely seen in Russian writers) in the short stories of Mikhail Zoshchenko. Special attention is paid to the techniques that Zoshchenko used to achieve this objectivity. The paper begins by tracing Zoshchenko's penchant for detachment in his writing to the experiences of his early and formative years and during the First World War. Following this analytical presentation of his biography, the paper explores the specific literary devices that Zoshchenko used to achieve objectivity, including the use of the skaz; the adoption of a journalistic stance to his subject matter; the use of ambiguous, multiple voicing (as described by Mikhail Bakhtin); the use of circumstance rather than character to drive the plot; the use of "anti-heroes" and the rejection of the ideal of the "positive hero" favoured by socialist realism; and the use of irony, humour, and satire. In addition to analysing briefly Zoshchenko's objective approach in his semi-autobiographical Before Sunrise, the paper provides illustrative examples from some of Zoshchenko's short stories, including "The Aristocrat," "Kocherga," "Rose-Marie," and "The Actor," The paper concludes with the observation that Zoshchenko's objectivity was both his making (that is, the cause of his popularity in his early years) and his downfall, and that it was partly responsible for the obscurity that surrounded him in his later years and following his death."
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