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.

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

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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.

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

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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.

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

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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

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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.

The Grotowski Sourcebook

Author: Lisa Wolford,Richard Schechner

Publisher: Psychology Press

ISBN: 9780415131117

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 516

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The impact of Jerzy Grotowski's work on experimental theatre of the USA in the 1960s is incontrovertible. For the first time, 30 years' worth of TDR articles by and about Grotowski are gathered together to shed light on the work of this enigmatic director.

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.

Over the Wall/after the Fall

Post-communist Cultures Through an East-West Gaze

Author: Sibelan Forrester,Sibelan Elizabeth S. Forrester,Magdalena J. Zaborowska,Elena Gapova

Publisher: Indiana University Press

ISBN: 9780253216960

Category: History

Page: 320

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