Jewish fearless speech: towards a definition of Soviet Jewish nonconformism

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The article proposes a model for analyzing the utterances of Jewish nonconformism in the late-Soviet Russian literature, based on Michel Foucault’s theory of fearless speech and Eric Gans’ theory of the origins of culture. The utterances of nonconformism transform an asymmetrical conflict into symmetrical nonvictimary relations, in which a new, supposedly real identity of a figure is revealed and mobilized for protest. These new relations are based on mutual recodification of different discursive configurations–political, moral, social, aesthetical, metaphysical, or mystical. The discussion will focus on the selected novels of Fridrikh Gorenshtein, Felix Roziner, and, in greater detail, David Shrayer-Petrov.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)41-55
Number of pages15
JournalEast European Jewish Affairs
Issue number1
StatePublished - 2 Jan 2018

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  • David Shrayer-Petrov
  • Felix Roziner
  • Fridrikh Gorenshtein
  • Jewish studies
  • Nonconformism
  • Russian literature
  • Soviet literature


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