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The Prose of Life: Russian Women Writers from Khrushchev to Putin

ISBN: 9780299232047 | 0299232042
Format: Paperback
Publisher: Univ of Wisconsin Pr
Pub. Date: 3/6/2009

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Both before and after the collapse of the Soviet Union, everyday life and the domestic sphere served as an ideological battleground, simultaneously threatening Stalinist control and challenging traditional Russian gender norms that had been shaken by the Second World War.The Prose of Lifeexamines how six female authors employed images of daily life to depict womenrs"s experience in Russian culture from the 1960s to the present.Byt, a term connoting both the everyday and its many petty problems, is an enduring yet neglected theme in Russian literature: its very ordinariness causes many critics to ignore it. Benjamin Sutcliffers"s study is the first sustained examination of how and why everyday life as a literary and philosophical category catalyzed the development of post-Stalinist Russian womenrs"s prose, particularly since the collapse of the Soviet Union. A focus on the representation of everyday life in womenrs"s prose reveals that a first generation of female writers (Natalrs"ia Baranskaia, Irina Grekova) both legitimated and limited their successors (Liudmila Petrushevskaia, Tatrs"iana Tolstaia, Liudmila Ulitskaia, and Svetlana Vasilenko) in their choice of literary topics.The Prose of Lifetraces the development, and intriguing ruptures, of recent Russian womenrs"s prose, becoming a must-read for readers interested in Russian literature and gender studies.

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