An Anthology of Russian Women's Writing, 1777-1992

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This is the first systematic historical anthology of Russian women's writing to appear in any language. At a time of growing interest both in the West and in Russia itself, the Anthology provides a radically new sense of the dynamic development of Russian women's writing - poetry, prose, and drama - over the last 200 years. Including important texts by well-known writers such as Akhmatova, Tsvetaeva, Elena Shvarts, and Olga Sedakova, the Anthology also introduces outstanding works by lesser-known writers such as ...
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Overview

This is the first systematic historical anthology of Russian women's writing to appear in any language. At a time of growing interest both in the West and in Russia itself, the Anthology provides a radically new sense of the dynamic development of Russian women's writing - poetry, prose, and drama - over the last 200 years. Including important texts by well-known writers such as Akhmatova, Tsvetaeva, Elena Shvarts, and Olga Sedakova, the Anthology also introduces outstanding works by lesser-known writers such as Sofya Soboleva, Olga Shapir, Mariya Shkapskaya, Anna Barkova, and Vera Merkureva. All translations have been commissioned for this volume and poetry is presented in the original Russian as well as in English. A companion volume to Catriona Kelly's History of Russian Women's Writing, 1820-1992 also available from OUP, 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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"A thoughtful and thorough selection of texts by Russian women writers. This anthology is a great service to the profession—at last these texts are readily available for teaching in translation."—Anthony Vanchu, University of Texas at Austin

"It is great to have all these hitherto difficult-to-get texts available in one volume. It was a good idea to include the Russian text of the poems."—Paul Debreczeny, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill

"[A] wonderful addition to books currently available for undergraduate/graduate study."—Robert A. Smart, Bradford College

"Well selected collection. Particularly valuable are the more obscure texts. Very nice to have the poetry in a bilingual format."—Andrew Wachtel, Northwestern University

"The Anthology is especially welcome because it will make these writers available to those who do not read Russian. The mix of texts—short with long, obscure with known, prose with poetry—succeeds brilliantly, and I especially applaud the way the poetry translations capture the formal qualities of the original."—Stephanie Sandler, Amherst College

"[Kelly's] notes and translations will undoubtedly be appreciated by students of Russian literature. It is an especially great achievement to have introduced readers to a number of authors such as Shapir, Soboleva and Barkova, to name but a few, whose work has been overlooked in the past."—Slovo

"Catriona Kelly's history and anthology are impressive, much needed works in the field of Russian Literature....A History of Russian Women's Writing provides valuable information."—Studies in Short Fiction

"Translations of the prose selections are excellent; those of the poetry provide equivalents rather than literal readings, and the inclusion of the original poems in Russian in an appendix is truly beneficial....[A] high level of scholarship...this impressive anthology should be included in the syllabus of every survey course of Russian literature taught in English."—World Literature Today

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780198715054
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
  • Publication date: 5/19/1994
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 566
  • Product dimensions: 9.00 (w) x 6.06 (h) x 1.33 (d)

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Table of Contents

Introduction
Acknowledgements
Transliteration and Other Conventions
Invocation, from Heroides, Dedicated to the Muses poem, 1777 1
'Though poverty's no stain' poem, 1813 3
Conversation between Me and the Women poem, 1818 8
To Diana poem, before 1824 12
The Dream: A Letter story, 1829 14
The Unfinished Sewing poem, 1839 19
The Crone ballad, 1840 22
'Life calls us' elegy, 1846 26
At the Tea-Table story, 1859 30
Pros and Cons story, 1863 71
Autobiographical Response from a Provincial Wasteland poem, c.1865 114
The Settlement story, 1892 118
After the Great Hunger extract from 'Round the Villages: A Doctor's Memoir of an Epidemic', 1896 153
The Seamstress poem, 1901 166
The Wedding Ring poem, 1905 168
Incantation poem, 1905 169
Lizards prose poem, 1902 170
Elsa prose poem, 1902 172
The Woman Question one-act play, 1908 174
Walled up story, 1910 193
Spring poem, 1907/1910 202
'Silent, draped in the garments' poem, 1910 204
My Loves essay, 1913 206
'Sister, I have come to take your place' poem, 1912 224
Solitude poem, 1914 226
'Fear turns objects over' poem, 1921 227
Memories of Aleksandr Blok essay, 1965 228
Long-Barrow Princess, ii poem, 1912 232
Ruth poem, 1916 234
The Grandmother of Russian Poetry poem, 1918 235
No Dream narrative poem, 1919 237
The Substitute Lecturer one-act play, 1919/1930 243
'I shall not lie' poem, 1923/4 256
'A childhood memory' poem, 1927 257
Through a Window-Light poem, 1928 258
Staircase narrative poem, 1926 260
Womenfolk story, 1927 276
Lomonosov poem, 1928 295
The Bronte Sisters poem, 1939/1946 297
On Guard and on Town Gardens story, c.1935 299
A Soviet Madonna and Child extract from The Flying Start - novel, 1947 303
From my Diary, iii 1937 307
The Omnibus poem, 1938/1954 309
A Few Autobiographical Facts poem, 1954 311
Tatar Anguish poem, 1954 315
Male Bonding Sessions extract from Zhenya: The Wonder of the Twentieth Century - novel, 1962 316
Lines Written during a Sleepless Night in Tbilisi poem, 1969 326
How the Cadres were Broken in memoir, 1970s 328
Sale of a Historian's Library poem, 1970s 331
Cassandra poem, 1986-8 334
Words story, 1988 335
Medea story, 1989 340
Frozen one-act play, 1989 347
Journey to Kashgar story, 1973/1989 360
Fifth Stanzas poem, 1992 390
Appendix: Russian text of the poems 395
Notes 482
About the Translators 532
Index of Titles and First Lines 533
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