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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.

BIC Classifications

  • Literature & literary studies (D)
    • Literature: history & criticism (DS)
      • Literary studies: general (DSB)
  • Society & social sciences (J)
    • Society & culture: general (JF)
      • Cultural studies (JFC)
      • Social groups (JFS)
        • Gender studies, gender groups (JFSJ)
          • Gender studies: women (JFSJ1)
    • Sociology & anthropology (JH)

BISAC Classifications

  • Literary Criticism (LIT)
    • LITERARY CRITICISM / Russian & Former Soviet Union (LIT004240)
    • LITERARY CRITICISM / Women Authors (LIT004290)
    • LITERARY CRITICISM / Semiotics & Theory (LIT006000)
  • Social Science (SOC)
    • SOCIAL SCIENCE / General (SOC000000)
    • Anthropology (SOC002)
      • SOCIAL SCIENCE / Anthropology / General (SOC002000)
    • SOCIAL SCIENCE / Women's Studies (SOC028000)

THEMA Classifications

  • Biography, Literature & Literary studies (D)
    • Literature: history & criticism (DS)
      • Literary studies: general (DSB)
        • Literary studies: c 1800 to c 1900 (DSBF)
        • Literary studies: c 1900 to c 2000 (DSBH)
  • Society & Social Sciences (J)
    • Society & culture: general (JB)
      • Cultural & media studies (JBC)
        • Cultural studies (JBCC)
      • Social groups (JBS)
        • Gender studies, gender groups (JBSF)
          • Gender studies: women & girls (JBSF1)
    • Sociology & anthropology (JH)
      • Sociology (JHB)
  • Language qualifiers (2)
    • Indo-European languages (2A)
      • Slavic (Slavonic) languages (2AG)