Wilson Center Experts
Cathy L. Popkin
Looks at accounts of imprisonment in 20th century Russian literature, locating a profound ambivalence toward immurement. Considers the terms of representation available to the writer who wishes to leave a record of his/her form of confinement. Traces the transformation and continuity of representation from the religious model as a source of salvation to the documentation of terror in the Gulag. Articulates the poetics of confinement.