Passion, Humiliation, Revenge: Hatred in Man-Woman Relationships in the 19th and 20th Century Russian Novel [NOOK Book]

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This book reveals the phenomenon in Russian prose in which a male protagonist finds himself perpetuating a cycle of passion, humiliation, and revenge within his relationships with women. By examining the mental and emotional state of the male protagonistwho finds himself in a sexual situation, Rina Lapidus explores how his passion for a woman leads the man into an encounter that causes him humiliation and ends up eliciting a powerful desire on his part to punish the woman who initially arouses his eroticfeeling. ...
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Passion, Humiliation, Revenge: Hatred in Man-Woman Relationships in the 19th and 20th Century Russian Novel

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Overview

This book reveals the phenomenon in Russian prose in which a male protagonist finds himself perpetuating a cycle of passion, humiliation, and revenge within his relationships with women. By examining the mental and emotional state of the male protagonistwho finds himself in a sexual situation, Rina Lapidus explores how his passion for a woman leads the man into an encounter that causes him humiliation and ends up eliciting a powerful desire on his part to punish the woman who initially arouses his eroticfeeling. The male protagonist directs his fury at the woman, seeking vengeance because of the shame he has suffered. Lapidus shows how the man sees himself as a highly spiritual being and finds it difficult to comes to terms with his sexual nature. Theauthor argues that this denial of desire leads the man to take out his frustration with himself on the woman, projecting all of his faults and guilt onto her. When the woman brings the male protagonist low, his thirst for revenge becomes a powerful driving force in his life that eventually brings about his downfall. This book will be of interest to those studying in the areas of Russian literature, psychology, and gender studies.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780739129982
  • Publisher: Lexington Books
  • Publication date: 1/1/1955
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 182
  • File size: 430 KB

Meet the Author

Rina Lapidus is associate professor of comparative literature at Bar-Ilan University in Israel.
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Table of Contents

Introduction The Aim and Structure of the Book 1

1 The Evolution of Attitudes towards Female Characters in Russian Literature: An Historical Overview 11

2 Spiritual and Physical Murder between Man and Woman: Dostoevsky, Tolstoy and Chekhov 27

3 Woman as Sexual Predator in Russian Literary Tradition: Tolstoy, Zoschenko and Trifonov 41

4 Woman's Infidelity as the Cause for Man's Devastation: Tolstoy, Flaubert, Leskov, Turgenev, Kuprin, and Chekhov 53

5 Anxiety about the Strong Woman: Turgenev, Leskov, and Bulgakov 83

6 Surrogate for Man-Woman Relations in Post-War Soviet Literature: Vasilyev, Grossman, and Rasputin 99

7 The Eunuch as Hero in Late-Soviet and Perestroika Literature: Dovlatov, Nagibin, and Polyakov 115

8 Man as an Object in Literature by Women: Shcherbakova, Rubina, Ulitskaya, Petrushevskaya, and Grekova 131

Conclusion: Sex as an Animal Act beyond Comprehension 153

Bibliography 157

Index 167

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