Russian women's writing is now attracting enormous interest both in the West and in Russia itself. This is the first one-volume history of the subject to appear in any language in modern times.
Written from a bold feminist perspective, the book combines a broad historical survey with close textual analysis. Sections on women's writing in the periods 1820-1880, 1881-1917, 1917-1954, and 1953-1992 are followed by essays on individual writers. Drawing on a wide range of sources, including rare literary journals and almanacs, Catriona Kelly's account shows familiar figures such as Akhmatova, Tsvetaeva, and Tolstoya in a radical new context and brings to light a colorful gallery of fascinating but neglected writers including Elena Gan, Nadezhda Teffi, Natalya Baranskaya, and Nina Sadur.
This is an indispensable source for readers and students of women's writing, and for all those concerned with women's history, the history of feminism, and Russian literature in general.
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About the Author:
Both an author and a translator, Catriona Kelly is a British Academy Fellow at Christ Church, Oxford.
"Kelly's book indeed will serve to stimulate, as she hopes, further research in the area of Russian women's writing and will doubtless prompt many new ideas. It is an excellent source for all those who are concerned with women's history, the history of feminism, and Russian literature and culture."--World Literature Today
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