Passion, Humiliation, Revenge

Passion, Humiliation, Revenge : Hatred in Man-woman Relationships in the 19th and 20th Century Russian Novel

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The book focuses upon the phenomenon in Russian literature in which a man desires a woman, feels humiliated after having sexual relations with her, and ends up seeking revenge upon his partner. Examined here for the first time, this study on the nature of heterosexual relationships in Russian literature will be of interest to scholars of Russian literature, gender studies, and more

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  • Hardback | 182 pages
  • 156 x 230 x 20mm | 381.02g
  • Lexington Books
  • Lanham, MD, United States
  • English
  • 0739127470
  • 9780739127476

About Rina Lapidus

Rina Lapidus is associate professor of comparative literature at Bar-Ilan University in more

Table of contents

Chapter 1 Table of Contents Chapter 2 Dedication Chapter 3 Introduction: The Aim and Structure of the Book Chapter 4 1. The Evolution of Attitudes toward Women in Russian Literature Chapter 5 2. Spiritual and Physical Murder Between Man and Woman: Dostoevsky, Tolstoy, and Chekhov Chapter 6 3. Woman as Sexual Predator: Tolstoy, Zoschenko, and Trifonov Chapter 7 4. Woman's Infidelity as the Cause for Man's Devastation: Tolstoy v. Flaubert, Leskov, Turgenev, Kuprin, and Chekhov Chapter 8 5. Anxiety about the Strong Woman: Turgenev, Leskov, Bulgakov Chapter 9 6. Surrogate for the Man-Woman Relations in the Post-War Soviet Literature: Vasilyiev, Grossman, and Rasputin Chapter 10 7. Eunuch as Hero in the Late-Soviet andPerestroika Literature: Dovlatov, Nagibin, and Polyakov Chapter 11 8. Man as an Object in Literature by Women: Shcherbakvoa, Rubina, Ulitskaya, Petrushevskaya, and Grekova Chapter 12 Conclusion: Sex an an Animal Act beyond Comprehension Chapter 13 Bibliography Chapter 14 Indexshow more

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Lapidus admirably assembles a range of a material that works within her paradigm. While she treads familiar ground with her analysis of Anna Karenina, her treatment of Turgenev is more innovative...this volume helps to supplement the growing scholarship on gender and sexuality in Russian literature and will hopefully spur on further research in the field. Canadian Slavonic Papers, March-June 2010 Professor Irina Lapidus offers a provocative study of male/female relationships in Russian literature... There are some interesting insights provided in the course of her exposition, which will make the study a valuable read particularly for those with an interest in gender studies in Russian literature... Lapidus sets forth a provocative thesis with interesting and original arguments. Slavic and East European Journalshow more