Vol. 39 (2018): Literary Researches
Literary Meridians

In the Mirror of Memory: (Political self-identification as a problem of emigrant memoir consciousness)

Published 2018-12-20


  • Russian Emigration,
  • Emigrant Consciousness,
  • Memories

How to Cite

Мегрелишвили, Т. (2018). In the Mirror of Memory: (Political self-identification as a problem of emigrant memoir consciousness). Literary Researches, 39, 315–327. Retrieved from https://literaryresearches.litinstituti.ge/index.php/literaryresearches/article/view/4169


Post-revolutionary emigration from Russia causes increased interest, and its study will take a special place: the exodus of about 2 million people was the result of the dramatic events of 1917 and the fierce civil confrontation that followed. The socio-political cataclysms of 1917-1922 led to the emergence of a phenomenon unique in its scale and consequences – abroad Russia, in which, during the 1920s and 1930s, a culture developed, which according to the American researcher M. Raev, is an important component of the entire world culture in its material, intellectual and spiritual dimension. “Already the emigrants themselves tried to understand the origins of the socio-political drama that led to the split of the country into two camps. And the memoir prose fully reflected these processes.

In the report on the material of the memoirs of the Russian emigration of the “first wave”, questions of the political self-identification of the individual and the embodiment of these aspects of emigrant consciousness in a memorial discourse will be examined and studied.

Methodological basis is the synthesis of methods and principles based on historicism, the principles of objectivity, complexity, and systematic study of the phenomena of memoir literature. Methodological support is the research of emigrant authors, V.A. Tishkov, as well as the author’s own research.