The autofiction in Dubravka Ugrešić’s novel Fox Cover Image
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Autofikcyjność Lisicy Dubravki Ugrešić
The autofiction in Dubravka Ugrešić’s novel Fox

Author(s): Anita Gostomska
Subject(s): Literary Texts
Published by: Wydawnictwo Uniwersytetu Śląskiego
Summary/Abstract: The latest and long-awaited Dubravka Ugrešić’s novel Fox (2017) poetically accounts for the past quarter of the century, which for the post-communist Slavonic states was above all the time of great and difficult transformation, and for the writer herself – the beginning of a completely new stage in her personal life. Thoughts taken into a precise form, among which one can recognize the issues already mentioned by Ugrešić, are most of all marked by the widely understood maturity. Dubravka Ugrešić’s Fox clearly refers to her own prose written in the 1980s, but she updates the concept of using Russian literature as an intertext, strongly associated with her debut and autobiographically connotated, enriching the personal perspective with the experience of expatriation. A successful return to Russian subjects may signal a change in Ugrešić’s attitude to the category of Yugonostalgia, with which she was (or still is) commonly associated. Ugrešić in her latest novel takes the fundamental problem of literary studies juxtaposed with the crisis of the fiction, which is the concept of truth (the truth of fiction), and – experienced by the trauma of collapse and exile – in an original and extremely personal way she responds to key questions for subjectivity issues: Who am I? Where do I go? Fascinated by the “literary character of literature” from the beginning of her writing career, in search of the means of artistic expression that can fully (apart from the content and structure of the work) express the mentioned fascination, but also her painful experiences, she utilizes the autofiction.