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Disrupted Idylls

Nature, Equality, and the Feminine in Sentimentalist Russian Women’s Writing (Mariia Pospelova, Mariia Bolotnikova, and Anna Naumova) – With translations by Emily Lygo

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Ursula Stohler

The study provides a close analysis of literary works by women in late-18 th - and early-19 th -century Russia, with a focus on Anna Naumova, Mariia Pospelova, and Mariia Bolotnikova. Political, social and feminist theories are applied to examine restrictions imposed on women. Women authors in particular were fettered by a culture of feminisation strongly influenced by the French philosopher Jean-Jacques Rousseau. As Sentimentalism and its aesthetics began to give way to Romantic ideals, some provincial Russian women writers saw an opportunity to claim social equality, and to challenge traditional concepts of authorship and a view of women as mute and passive.
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Acknowledgements .................................................................................................9 Note on Conventions............................................................................................13 Introduction .............................................................................................................15 Chapter One Sentimentalist Gender Concepts: Their Western Socio-Political Origins and Their Reception in Russia ......................23 Chapter Two Literary Impacts of Sentimentalist Gender Conceptions in Russia .....................................................................................45 Chapter Three Responses to Sentimentalist Gender Conceptions ..............................87 Chapter Four The Woman Writer as Interpreter of Creation: Mariia Pospelova ..............................................................................................109 Chapter Five Criticism of Sentimentalist Conventions: Mariia Bolotnikova .........................................................................................139 Chapter Six Revisions of Sentimentalist Gender Concepts: Anna Naumova ................................................................................................163 Conclusion ..............................................................................................................221 8Appendix ..................................................................................................................227 Pospelova ...............................................................................................................227 Bolotnikova ...........................................................................................................231 Naumova ...............................................................................................................243 Bibliography ............................................................................................ 319 Index ..........................................................................................................................347

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