Unattainable Bride Russia: Gendering Nation, State, and Intelligentsia in Russian Intellectual Culture (Studies in Russian Literature and Theory Series)

Unattainable Bride Russia: Gendering Nation, State, and Intelligentsia in Russian Intellectual Culture (Studies in Russian Literature and Theory Series)

by Ellen Rutten
     
 

ISBN-10: 0810126567

ISBN-13: 9780810126565

Pub. Date: 03/28/2010

Publisher: Northwestern University Press

Throughout the twentieth century and continuing today, personifications of Russia as a bride occur in a wide range of Russian texts and visual representations, from literature and political and philosophical treatises to cartoons and tattoos. Invariably, this metaphor functions in the context of a political gender allegory, which represents the relationships

Overview

Throughout the twentieth century and continuing today, personifications of Russia as a bride occur in a wide range of Russian texts and visual representations, from literature and political and philosophical treatises to cartoons and tattoos. Invariably, this metaphor functions in the context of a political gender allegory, which represents the relationships between Russia, the intelligentsia, and the Russian state, as a competition of two male suitors for the former’s love.

In Unattainable Bride Russia, Ellen Rutten focuses on the metaphorical role the intelligentsia plays as Russia’s rejected or ineffectual suitor. Rutten finds that this metaphor, which she covers from its prehistory in folklore to present-day pop culture references to Vladimir Putin, is still powerful, but has generated scarce scholarly consideration. Unattainable Bride Russia locates the cultural thread and places the political metaphor in a broad contemporary and social context, thus paying it the attention to which it is entitled as one of Russia’s modern cultural myths.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780810126565
Publisher:
Northwestern University Press
Publication date:
03/28/2010
Series:
Studies in Russian Literature and Theory Series
Pages:
328
Sales rank:
997,150
Product dimensions:
6.30(w) x 9.30(h) x 1.00(d)

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