How Women Must Write: Inventing the Russian Woman Poet

How Women Must Write: Inventing the Russian Woman Poet

by Olga Peters Hasty


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In How Women Must Write, Olga Peters Hasty takes us from an emphatically male Romantic age to a modernist period preoccupied with women’s creativity but also with its containment. In late nineteenth and early twentieth-century Russia, the woman poet was invented: by women poets themselves, by readers who projected gender biases into their poems, and by male poets who wrote posing as women. Examining Karolina Pavlova and Evdokiia Rostopchina, who inspired those writing after them, as well as two women invented by men, Cherubina de Gabriak and Briusov’s Nelli, and challenges to male authority by Marina Tsvetaeva and Anna Akhmatova, this book shows women as purposeful actors realizing themselves creatively and advancing the woman poet’s cause. It will appeal to the general reader and to specialists in Russian literature, women’s studies, and cultural history.

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780810140936
Publisher: Northwestern University Press
Publication date: 10/15/2019
Series: Studies in Russian Literature and Theory Series
Pages: 248
Sales rank: 1,015,138
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.70(d)

About the Author

OLGA PETERS HASTY is a professor in the Department of Slavic Languages and Literatures at Princeton University. She is the author of Pushkin’s Tatiana and Tsvetaeva’s Orphic Journeys in the Worlds of the Word

Table of Contents

Part I. Contentions
1. Karolina Pavlova vs. Evdokiia Rostopchina
2. Evdokiia Rostopchina vs. the Male Tradition
Part II. Female Impersonations
3. The Cherubina de Gabriak Mystification
4. Briusov’s Nelli
Part III. Resistance
5. Marina Tsvetaeva vs. Male Authority
6. Marina Tsvetaeva and Anna Akhmatova

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