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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


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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Stohler, Ursula, 1973-

Disrupted idylls : nature, equality, and the feminine in sentimentalist Russian women's writing (Mariia Pospelova, Mariia Bolotnikova, and Anna Naumova) / Ursula Stohler ; with translations by Emily Lygo.

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Includes bibliographical references and index.

ISBN 978-3-631-66803-0

1. Russian literature--Women authors--History and criticism. 2. Women and literature--Russia. 3. Gender identity--Russia--History. 4. Russian literature--18th century--History and criticism. 5. Russian literature--19th century--History and criticism. 6. Sentimentalism in literature. I. Lygo, Emily, 1977- II. Title.

PG2997.S76 2015



Published with the support of the Swiss National Science Foundation.

ISSN 0939-8066

ISBN 978-3-631-66803-0 (Print)

E-ISBN 978-3-653-05927-4 (E-PDF)

E-ISBN 978-3-653-95811-9 (EPUB)

E-ISBN 978-3-653-95810-2 (MOBI)

DOI 10.3726/978-3-653-05927-4

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