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A History of Russian Women's Writing, 1820-1992

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Russian women's writing is now attracting enormous interest both in the West and in Russia itself. This is the first one-volume history of the subject to appear in any language in modern times.

Written from a bold feminist perspective, the book combines a broad historical survey with close textual analysis. Sections on women's writing in the periods 1820-1880, 1881-1917, 1917-1954, and 1953-1992 are followed by essays on individual writers. Drawing on a wide range of sources, ...

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Overview


Russian women's writing is now attracting enormous interest both in the West and in Russia itself. This is the first one-volume history of the subject to appear in any language in modern times.

Written from a bold feminist perspective, the book combines a broad historical survey with close textual analysis. Sections on women's writing in the periods 1820-1880, 1881-1917, 1917-1954, and 1953-1992 are followed by essays on individual writers. Drawing on a wide range of sources, including rare literary journals and almanacs, Catriona Kelly's account shows familiar figures such as Akhmatova, Tsvetaeva, and Tolstoya in a radical new context and brings to light a colorful gallery of fascinating but neglected writers including Elena Gan, Nadezhda Teffi, Natalya Baranskaya, and Nina Sadur.

This is an indispensable source for readers and students of women's writing, and for all those concerned with women's history, the history of feminism, and Russian literature in general.

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"Kelly's book indeed will serve to stimulate, as she hopes, further research in the area of Russian women's writing and will doubtless prompt many new ideas. It is an excellent source for all those who are concerned with women's history, the history of feminism, and Russian literature and culture."--World Literature Today

"The History is written with incredible intellectual energy and thoroughness. It is difficult to think of a writer who is not included, and each one is treated with care and originality."--Stephanie Sandler, Amherst College

"The first large-scale study to combine a historian's attention to continuities with a feminist's eye for discontinuities and dissenting voices...Kelly's erudition and insight are mixed with much wit....The range of poetry, prose and drama represented in the Anthology both complements the work examined in the History and may stand alone on its own merits. Other anthologies of women's writing in Russia have neither been as extensive nor as well-balanced as this weighty volume...there is no doubt that both are landmark texts which will act as the touchstones of much future research."--Slovonica

"[This book] will be of great use to both researchers at an early age of their careers and to those who have devoted many years to the study of Russian women's writing. For the former it will be an indispensable source of information...for the latter it may open up new approaches to an old subject."--Modern Language Review

"A History of Women's Writing achieves most vividly what Kelly, in her afterword, has said she wished for: 'to offer guidance and stimulus to all readers with any interest in Russian women's writing.' Kelly adds that if she has succeeded in this goal, then she would consider her efforts 'well-rewarded.' And so, as readers, are we."--Slovo Book Reviews

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780198158721
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
  • Publication date: 5/19/1994
  • Pages: 512
  • Product dimensions: 6.50 (w) x 9.50 (h) x 1.42 (d)

Meet the Author

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Both an author and a translator, Catriona Kelly is a British Academy Fellow at Christ Church, Oxford.

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Table of Contents

List of Abbreviations
Note on Transliteration and Conventions
Introduction: 'Not Written by a Lady' 1
1 The 'Feminine Pen' and the Imagination of National Tradition: Russian Women's Writing, 1820-1880 19
2 Mariya Zhukova (1804-1855) 79
3 Karolina Pavlova (1807-1893) 93
4 Elena Gan (1814-1841) 109
5 Configurations of Authority: Feminism, Modernism, and Mass Culture, 1881-1917 121
6 Olga Shapir (1850-1916) 181
7 Nadezhda Teffi (1872-1952) 195
8 Anna Akhmatova (1889-1966) 207
9 Class War and the Home Front: From the Revolution to the Death of Stalin, 1917-1953 227
10 Sofiya Parnok (1885-1933) 285
11 Marina Tsvetaeva (1892-1941) 301
11 Vera Bulich (1898-1954) 319
13 Who Wants to be a Man? De-Stalinizing Gender, 1954-1992 337
14 Natalya Barnskaya (1908- ) 397
15 Elena Shvarts (1948- ) 411
16 Olga Sedakova (1949- ) 423
17 Nina Sadur (1950- ) 433
18 Instead of an Afterword: Some Concluding Points 443
Bibliography 447
Index of Women Writers Cited 485
General Index 493
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