(Auto-)Biographical Practices Digital Humanities Literature

Weaving Lives

My PhD the­sis focused on (auto-)biographical strate­gies of Russ­ian writ­ers on the inter­net and was pub­lished in 2020 as an Open Access mono­graph: Weav­ing Lives: (Auto-)Biographical Prac­tices of Russ­ian Authors on the Inter­net (in Ger­man, Biele­feld: Transcript). 

The inter­net as a bona fide medi­um of self-expres­sion is used by count­less Russ­ian authors. They bor­row author images from the canon of Russ­ian lit­er­a­ture, adjust them to match the com­mu­nica­tive struc­ture of the inter­net and rein­vent them in media experiments. 

How can we iden­ti­fy these cre­ative mech­a­nisms oper­at­ing beneath the sur­face of Web 2.0? How can we bring them togeth­er with lit­er­ary the­o­ry? In my book I com­bine qual­i­ta­tive and quan­ti­ta­tive approach­es not only to answer these ques­tions but to uncov­er (auto-)biographical prac­tices in the Russ­ian-lan­guage inter­net (Runet).

For my the­sis I received the Gus­tav Fig­dor award for lit­er­ary sci­ence by the Aus­tri­an Acad­e­my of Sci­ences (2018), the the­sis award of the Uni­ver­si­ty of Pas­sau (2018) and the DARIAH-DE Dig­i­tal Human­i­ties Award (2018).

You can browse the pub­lish­er’s page to order a phys­i­cal copy or read the Open Access ver­sion right here: