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Writing the Urals: Permanence and Ephemerality in Ol'ga Slavnikova’s 2017
Ol'ga Slavnikova’s novel 2017 (Vagrius, 2006) made her the second woman to win Russia’s coveted Booker Prize, garnering conflicting critical responses in the process. Many hurried to label the narrative a dystopia: 2017’s ...
Women's literacy in Old Russia: hypotheses and facts
Liudmila Ulitskaia’s Literature of Tolerance
When Liudmila Ulitskaia published The Funeral Party in 1997 the novella received the critical scrutiny warranted by the latest work of an already prominent figure in postSoviet letters. The plot, set in New York in the ...
Publishing the Russian Soul? Women’s Provincial Literary Anthologies, 1990-1995
From 1990 to 1995 four collections of women’s writing appeared in northwestern Russia: Mariia (two volumes: one issued in 1990 and the other in 1995), Zhena, kotoraia umela letat’ (The Wife Who Could Fly, 1993), and Russkaia ...
Writing The Woman’s Documentary Voice in Perestroika Gulag Narratives
A substantial body of fictional and factual literature discusses labor camps, imprisonment, and exile as aspects of Russian culture both before and after 1917. However, while the Thaw opened public discussion of the Gulag, ...