Engendering Slavic Literatures

Author: Pamela Chester,Sibelan Elizabeth S. Forrester

Publisher: Indiana University Press

ISBN: 9780253330161

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 249

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Engendering Slavic Literatures breaks new ground in its investigation of gender and feminist issues in Croatian, Polish, Russian, Serbian, and Ukrainian literary texts by both female and male writers. Drawing on psychoanalytic approaches, film theory, and lesbian and gender theory, the authors interrogate the received notions of Western gender studies to see which can be usefully applied to nineteenth- and twentieth-century Slavic literary works. Motherhood and the relationships of mothers and daughters; the myths of selfhood that shape the autobiographies of Nadezhda Mandel'shtam, Marina Tsvetaeva, Lidiia Ginzburg, and Lev Tolstoy; Polish Catholicism and sexuality; portrayals of landscape in verbal and visual art; and women writers' transgressive ventures into male bastions such as the love lyric and prose fiction are among the themes of this important and innovative volume.
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Masquerade and Femininity

Essays on Russian and Polish Women Writers

Author: Urszula Chowaniec,Ursula Phillips,Marja Rytkönen

Publisher: Cambridge Scholars Publishing

ISBN: 144380679X

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 260

View: 1701

Masquerade and Femininity: Essays on Russian and Polish Women Writers introduces the reader to the diversity of women’s writing in Poland and Russia in the 19th and 20th centuries in the light of the notion of masquerade. The present articles scrutinize particular works by women writers (Nadezhda Dmitrievna Khvoshchinskaia, Irina Odoevtseva, Vera Pavlova, Narcyza Żmichowska, Maria Komornicka, Irena Krzywicka and others) and the strategies of masquerading female experience. Taken together, the articles draw attention to the feeling of an inexpressible gap between the living body (and its everyday life experience of pain and suffering or happiness and pleasure) and the culturally constructed, powerfully imposed code of expression that readily makes use of various masks, guises and acts of pretending, applied especially cleverly in literary works. The concept of masquerade illuminates the complexity of what we call “femininity” by combining two sides of the divide: the real feelings and the constructed expressions. This volume uses both feminist and non-feminist approaches to women’s writing and sheds new light on the themes of femininity, woman’s identity, experience, masks, body, gender relations, nature, culture and authorship. Masquerade and Femininity brings together East European literary studies and gender studies, offering a comparative perspective on literature, literary theory and cultural phenomena in Poland and Russia, and featuring a range of both eastern European and western scholars. In its pages, the reader is invited to move beyond Russian literature and language into a dialogic approach between Slavic literatures. This book will also contribute to filling the comparative gap which is still relatively unexplored not only with regard to the application of western scholarship to East European studies, but also with regard to the dialogue between Russian and Polish scholarship.
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Representing the Marginal Woman in Nineteenth-century Russian Literature

Personalism, Feminism, and Polyphony

Author: Svetlana Slavskaya Grenier

Publisher: Greenwood Publishing Group

ISBN: 9780313315060

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 175

View: 6835

Gender-oriented studies of 19th-century Russian literature have struggled with how to determine the feminism or misogyny of particular authors. By focusing on the character type of the ward, or young female dependent, this book examines the narrative strategies used by such writers as Pushkin, Zhukova, Tolstoy, Herzen, and Dostoevsky to represent socially marginal women in their works. Drawing on Bakhtin's concepts of dialogue and polyphony, this volume examines the following question: does he present them dialogically, i.e., as subjects in their own right, with their own point of view. By proposing this new way of approaching the texts, the book corrects the charges of misogyny leveled at classical Russian literature.
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Unattainable Bride Russia

Gendering Nation, State, and Intelligentsia in Russian Intellectual Culture

Author: Ellen Rutten

Publisher: Northwestern University Press

ISBN: 0810126567

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 328

View: 7834

Focuses on the metaphorical role of the bride that Russia often plays in literature, as well as the role the intelligentsia plays as Russia's rejected or ineffectual suitor, in a book that covers this metaphor from its prehistory in folklore to present-day pop culture reference.
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Seraph, Carevič, Narr

Author: Christa Binswanger

Publisher: Peter Lang AG, Internationaler Verlag Der Wissenschaften


Category: Gender identity

Page: 437

View: 6947

Diese erste monographische Untersuchung zu Poliksena Solov'eva (1867-1924), Pseudonym Allegro, beschaftigt sich auf verschiedenen Ebenen mit ihrer mannlichen Maskerade. Diese Autorin des russischen Symbolismus tritt im Leben dezidiert mannlich auf, gleichzeitig schreibt sie ihre Texte, vornehmlich Lyrik, « als Mann. Grundlage fur die Analyse dieses Phanomens des « Gender-Shifts, des Wechsels von der Frau zum Mann in ihrer « Lebenskunst, bietet die aktuelle Gender-Forschung in West und Ost. Solov'evas geliebtes, angesprochenes GegenUber ist immer weiblich. So stellt sich auch die Frage nach dem Zusammenhang von lesbischer Identitat und mannlicher Maskerade. Poliksena Solov'evas gesamte Schaffensperiode von 1899 bis 1923 wird untersucht. Dabei wird ihre von Zeitgenossen oft konstatierte « Andersartigkeit mitten im Spannungsverhaltnis zwischen symbolistischem Weiblichkeitsideal, mannlicher Maskerade und ihrer Suche nach einem « dritten Weg angesiedelt. Anhand von Kunstlerinnen und Kunstlern, von Figuren aus dem russischen Marchen wie dem Carevi&cbreve; , biblischen Figuren wie dem Seraphen oder anhand der tragischen Figur des Narren diskutiert Solove'eva mannliche wie weibliche Lebensentwurfe in der russischen Kunst und Literatur ihrer Epoche.
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Mapping Experience in Polish and Russian Women’s Writing

Author: Urszula Chowaniec,Kirsi Kurkijärvi,Ursula Phillips

Publisher: Cambridge Scholars Publishing

ISBN: 1443825239

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 270

View: 4795

The volume encompasses eleven articles which discuss the critical views that Polish and Russian women writers have articulated with regard to the notion of experience and constructions of femininity in the national imagination from the 19th to the 21st centuries. Major themes of the articles include women’s experiences as writers in the 19th century; women’s embodied experiences of a traumatic past; body and sexuality in the different ages of women; political and aesthetic discourses and femininity. Although the articles are arranged in chronological order, they do not form an absolute chronological or periodic continuum, i.e. from Romanticism to Postmodernism, although references to certain aesthetic periods are made. The authors of the articles reflect in detail on how the women writers and their literary texts represent different understandings and experiences in relation to dominant perceptions, for example, of the memory of war, of motherhood, of art and aesthetics, and so on. Readers are encouraged to seek parallels and continuities between the different historical times and spaces; between women’s writing in Russia and Poland; between different scholarly approaches and aims. The articles of this volume bring together important critical standpoints in women’s writing in Poland and Russia, in which parallels, continuities, and resemblances can be traced, but in which discontinuities, breaks and differences also make themselves visible. Apart from the conspicuous resemblances between individual Russian and Polish women writers’ works, or even between groups of women writers, the articles document the diversity within Russian and Polish women’s writing, respectively, and even within individual writers.
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Beyond the Flesh

Alexander Blok, Zinaida Gippius, and the Symbolist Sublimation of Sex

Author: Jenifer Presto

Publisher: Univ of Wisconsin Press

ISBN: 9780299229504

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 334

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Though the Russian Symbolist movement was dominated by a concern with transcending sex, many of the writers associated with the movement exhibited an intense preoccupation with matters of the flesh. Drawing on poetry, plays, short stories, essays, memoirs, and letters, as well as feminist and psychoanalytic theory, Beyond the Flesh documents the often unexpected form that this obsession with gender and the body took in the life and art of two of the most important Russian Symbolists. Jenifer Presto argues that the difficulties encountered in reading Alexander Blok and Zinaida Gippius within either a feminist or a traditional, binary gendered framework derive not only from the peculiarities of their creative personalities but also from the specific Russian cultural context. Although these two poets engaged in gendered practices that, at times, appeared to be highly idiosyncratic and even incited gossip among their contemporaries, they were not operating in a vacuum. Instead, they were responding to philosophical concepts that were central to Russian Symbolism and that would continue to shape modernism in Russia.
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Perspectives on Slavic Literatures

Proceedings of the First International "Perspectives on Slavistics" Conference (Leuven, September 17 - 19, 2004)

Author: David S. Danaher,Kris van Heuckelom

Publisher: N.A


Category: Slavic languages

Page: 207

View: 8217

Posted in Slavic languages

Over the Wall/after the Fall

Post-communist Cultures Through an East-West Gaze

Author: Magdalena J. Zaborowska,Elena Gapova

Publisher: Indiana University Press

ISBN: 9780253216960

Category: History

Page: 320

View: 709

Annotation A rich and appealing tour of post-communist cultures in Eastern Europe as seen from East and West.
Posted in History

Canadian Slavonic Papers

Author: N.A

Publisher: N.A


Category: Europe, Eastern

Page: N.A

View: 7988

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Anna Achmatova

Spiegelungen und Spekulationen

Author: Christine Gölz

Publisher: Peter Lang Gmbh, Internationaler Verlag Der Wissenschaften


Category: Akhmatova, Anna Andreevna

Page: 350

View: 8526

Spiegelung, Vervielfachung, Auflosung sind wiederkehrende Themen im kunstlerischen Werk Anna Achmatovas. Steht am Anfang noch die Konstruktion eines neuen Subjekts im Vordergrund, die Schaffung eines eigenen Kreationsmythos, wird dieser Subjektoptimismus schon bald von der Furcht des Selbstverlusts in eigenen und fremden Zuschreibungen abgelost. Dagegen setzt Achmatova am Ende ihres kunstlerischen Schaffens ein sprachmagisches Konzept ein. Es erklart die Autorin trotz allem zur Herrin uber die Zeichen und damit uber ihre eigenen textuellen Reprasentationen. An ausgewahlten Werken folgt die Studie den -textuellen Subjektsymptomen- und zeigt die subjektkonstituierenden Verfahren sowie ihre metapoetische Reflexion auf. Dafur werden hier zum ersten Mal im Rahmen einer Monographie neben den Gedichten auch Achmatovas Prosa und ihr spates Drama untersucht. Die Studie rekonstruiert nicht nur den Mythos <I>Achmatova, sie liefert auch ein umfassendes Gesamtbild von Achmatovas Poetik."
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Stročka ne ty!

die Figur der Ehefrau und Freundin russischer Schriftsteller

Author: Maja Linthe

Publisher: Peter Lang Gmbh, Internationaler Verlag Der Wissenschaften


Category: Russian literature

Page: 257

View: 2141

Die Studie untersucht Konstruktionen von Mannlichkeit, Weiblichkeit und Autorschaft in Werken Belyjs, Majakovskijs, Mandel'stams, Volosins, Bunins, Pasternaks und Bulgakovs und in autobiografischen Texten der Ehefrauen dieser Schriftsteller. Uber eine dekonstruktive und intertextuelle Lekture werden die autobiografischen Texte in die Werke der Schriftsteller eingelesen. Als Referenzsignal fungiert die Darstellung des mannlichen Produktionsprozesses in den Texten der Ehefrauen. Ihre unterschiedlichen Aufgaben beim Diktat pragen die jeweilige Beziehung des Schriftstellers und seiner Ehefrau zum Text. Wahrend sich der Schriftsteller anhand einer Umschrift von Weiblichkeit in seinem Text als einmaliger Schopfer erschafft, entwerfen die autobiografischen Texte mittels der Vervielfaltigung die Ehefrau russischer Schriftsteller als Figur in textueller Distanz."
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Routledge International Encyclopedia of Women

Global Women's Issues and Knowledge

Author: Cheris Kramarae,Dale Spender

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1135963150

Category: Reference

Page: 2050

View: 9491

For a full list of entries and contributors, sample entries, and more, visit the Routledge International Encyclopedia of Women website. Featuring comprehensive global coverage of women's issues and concerns, from violence and sexuality to feminist theory, the Routledge International Encyclopedia of Women brings the field into the new millennium. In over 900 signed A-Z entries from US and Europe, Asia, the Americas, Oceania, and the Middle East, the women who pioneered the field from its inception collaborate with the new scholars who are shaping the future of women's studies to create the new standard work for anyone who needs information on women-related subjects.
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Gender, Genre, Geschlecht

Author: Ingrid Neumann-Holzschuh

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9783860571576

Category: Sex role in literature

Page: 185

View: 4940

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Die Slawischen Sprachen

Author: N.A

Publisher: N.A


Category: Slavic languages

Page: 170

View: 7333

Posted in Slavic languages