Women's Works in Stalin's Time

Women's Works in Stalin's Time : On Lidiia Chukovskaia and Nadezhda Mandelstam

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"...impressive, eloquently written ...[Holmgren] provide[s] an integrated comparative study of two very different female survivors of the Stalinist night" - Caryl Emerson, Princeton University. "...a bold scholarly act...The writing is excellent throughout" - Barbara Heldt, University of British Columbia. Focusing on the works of Lidiia Chukovskaia and Nadezhda Mandelstam, Beth Holmgren reclaims the extraordinary roles that women writers played as conservators of culture and memory in Stalin's time. Holmgren argues that during the Stalin era, the domestic sphere offered a haven for dissident acts of resistance and cultural survival. She examines literary texts by such writers as Mikhail Bulgakov, Boris Pasternak, and especially Anna Akhmatova that variously scripted women's unofficial roles. She then traces how Chukovskaia and Mandelstam reclaimed and revised these scripts, evoking their own creative models. This fresh and original approach to the culture of the Stalin era illuminates Russian cultural and literary history with insights from feminist theory and recent writing on women's autobiography and on the theme of history and memory.show more

Product details

  • Paperback | 256 pages
  • 154.94 x 233.68 x 20.32mm | 385.55g
  • Indiana University Press
  • Bloomington, IN, United States
  • English
  • 3 b&w photographs
  • 0253208297
  • 9780253208293

About Beth Holmgren

BETH HOLMGREN is Assistant Professor of Slavic Languages and Literatures at the University of North Carolina. She is the author of articles on contemporary Russian and Polish prose.show more

Table of contents

Acknowledgments Introduction 1. WomenOs Works in StalinOs Time Lidiia Chukovskaia 2. Father and Daughter 3. Alternative Scripts and Novel Therapies 4. Notes on Anna Akhmatova Nadezhda Mandelstam 5. Husband and Wife 6. Hope against Hope 7. Hope Abandoned The Post-Stalin Legacy 8. The WidowO Might Notes Works Cited Indexshow more

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