Russia * Women * Culture

Russia * Women * Culture

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This volume examines areas of cultural production that have offered Russian women new freedoms and have opened commercial and artistic possibilities to them since the 19th century. Key aspects of Russian culture that have been systematically ignored are foregrounded here: Russian women's development of "popular" culture and their ingenious reinventions of "high" literature. The essays analyze women's creativity of every type-their products, performances, and collaborative exchanges-in sites that range from the bath-house to the ballroom.Contributors are Nadezhda Azhgikhina, Lina Bernstein, Nancy Condee, Darra Goldstein, Helena Goscilo, Gitta Hammarberg, Alison Hilton, Beth Holmgren, Mary B. Kelly, Louise McReynolds, Nadya L. Peterson, Stephanie Sandler, and Ol'ga Vainshtein.show more

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  • Paperback | 400 pages
  • 156 x 232 x 28mm | 662.24g
  • Indiana University Press
  • Bloomington, IN, United States
  • English
  • 67 b&w photos
  • 0253210445
  • 9780253210449
  • 1,666,540

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This volume examines areas of cultural production that have offered Russian women new freedoms since the nineteenth century. Key aspects of Russian culture that have been systematically ignored are foregrounded here: Russian women's development of 'popular' culture and their ingenious reinventions of 'high' literature. The essays analyze women's creativity of every type--their products, performances, and collaborative exchanges--in sites that range from the bathhouse to the ballroom.show more

About Helena Goscilo

HELENA GOSCILO is Professor of Russian at the University of Pittsburgh. Her publications include Balancing Acts and Fruits of Her Plume. BETH HOLMGREN is Associate Professor of Slavic Literatures at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill. She is author of Women's Works in Stalin's Time: On Lidiia Chukovskaia and Nadezhda Mandelstam.show more

Table of contents

Introduction by Helena Goscilo and Beth HolmgrenPart I: Spiritual Facilitations1. The Second Fantasy Mother, or All Baths Are Women's Baths-Nancy Condee2. The Ritual Fabrics of Russian Village Women-Mary B. KellyPart II: Body Works3. Keeping A-breast of the Waist-land: Women's Fashion in Early-Nineteenth-Century Russia-Helena Goscilo4. Female Fashion, Soviet Style: Bodies of Ideology-Ol'ga Vainshtein5. Getting under Their Skin: The Beauty Salon in Russian Women' Lives-Nadezhda Azhgikhina and Helena GosciloPart III: Domestications6. Flirting with Words: Domestic Albums, 1770-1840-Gitta Hammarberg7. Domestic Porkbarreling in Nineteenth-Century Russia or Who Holds the Keys to the Larder?-Darra Goldstein8. Dirty Women: Cultural Connotations of Cleanliness in Soviet Russia-Nadya PetersonPart IV: Performing Arts9. Women on the Verge of a New Language: Russian Salon Hostesses in the First Half of the Nineteenth Century-Lina Bernstein10. Stepping Out/Going Under: Women in Russia's Twentieth-Century Salons-Beth Holmgren11. Pleasure, Danger, and the Dance: Nineteenth-Century Russian Variations-Stephanie Sandler12. "The Incomparable" Anastasiia Vial'tseva and the Culture of Personality-Louise McReynoldsPart V: Class Acts13. Gendering the Icon: Marketing Women Writers in Fin de Siecle Russia-Beth Holmgren14. Handicrafts and Creative Freedom: Russian Women's Art-Alison HiltonContributorsIndexshow more