Gender and Russian Literature: New Perspectives

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This collection of original essays by leading Western and Russian specialists gives an overview of key issues in Russian women's writing and of important representations of women by men, between 1600 and the present, exploring the differences between the writing of women and men in Russia. It combines a study of the history and biography of previously neglected women writers with close readings of literary texts, demonstrating that although many Russian women writers have been unjustly disadvantaged and marginalized, their work contains much of interest for contemporary women readers.

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" material concerning the lives of Russian women writers.... The volume makes a contribution to studies of Russian women writers both by the wealth of information it provides and by the questions it raises about the current state of such studies." Patricia Carden, Slavic Review

"...the collection is a rich resource, well indexed, covering a wide range of generic and temporal territory, and a fine choice both for scholars of Russian literature and for nonspecialists who would like to compare their own areas of expertise with analogous periods or authors in Russia." Signs

"...the collection is a rich source, well indexed, covering a wide range of generic and teporal territory, and a fine choice both for scholars of Russian literature and for nonspecialists who would like to compare their own areas of expertise with analogous periods or authors in Russia." Signs

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Acknowledgements; List of contributors; 1. Introduction: new perspectives on women and gender in Russian literature Rosalind Marsh; Part I. Historical and Biographical Perspectives: 2. Women in seventeenth-century Russian literature Rosalind McKenzie; 3. Conflicts over gender and status in early nineteenth-century Russian literature: the case of Anna Bunina and her Padenie faetona Wendy Rosslyn; 4. Reading the future: women and fortune-telling in Russia (1770–1840) Faith Wigzell; 5. Russian women writers of the nineteenth century Ol'ga Demidova; 6. The 'woman question' of the 1860s, and the ambiguity of the 'learned woman' Arja Rosenholm; 7. Carving out a career: women prose writers, 1885–1920, the biographical background Charlotte Rosenthall; 8. The fate of women writers in literature at the beginning of the twentieth century: 'A. Mire', Anna Mar, Lidiia Zinov'eva-Annibal Mariia Mikhailova; 9. Lidiia Zinov'eva-Annibal's 'The singing ass': a woman's view of men and Eros Pamela Davidson; 10. Anastasiia Verbitskaia reconsidered Rosalind Marsh; 11. Soviet woman of the 1980s: self-portrait in poetry Elena Trofimova; Part II. The Perspective Of Literary Criticism: 12. The silence of rebellion: women in the work of Leonid Andreev Eva Buchwald; 13. Poor Liza: the sexual politics of Elizaveta Bam Daniil Kharms Graham Roberts; 14. The crafting of a self: Lidiia Ginzburg's early journal Jane Gary Harris; 15. Voyeurism and ventriloquism: Anatolii Velichanskii's Podzemnaia nimfa Gerald S. Smith; 16 Thinking (self) in the poetry of Ol'ga Sedakova Stephanie Sandler; 17. Women's space and women's place in contemporary Russian fiction Helena Goscilo; Index.

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