Masquerade and Femininity: Essays on Russian and Polish Women Writers

Masquerade and Femininity: Essays on Russian and Polish Women Writers by -

Title: Masquerade and Femininity: Essays on Russian and Polish Women Writers
Author: -
ISBN10: 1847184685
ISBN13: 978-1847184689
Publisher: Cambridge Scholars Publishing; Unabridged edition edition (January 3, 2008)
Language: English
Subcategory: History & Criticism
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Pages: 260 pages
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Masquerade and Femininity: Essays on Russian and Polish Women Writers introduces the reader to the diversity of womens writing in Poland and Russia in the 19th and 20th centuries in the light of the notion of masquerade. The present articles scrutinize particular works by women writers (Nadezhda Dmitrievna Khvoshchinskaia, Irina Odoevtseva, Vera Pavlova, Narcyza michowska, Maria Komornicka, Irena Krzywicka and others) and the strategies of masquerading female experience. Taken together, the articles draw attention to the feeling of an inexpressible gap between the living body (and its everyday life experience of pain and suffering or happiness and pleasure) and the culturally constructed, powerfully imposed code of expression that readily makes use of various masks, guises and acts of pretending, applied especially cleverly in literary works. The concept of masquerade illuminates the complexity of what we call femininity by combining two sides of the divide: the real feelings and the constructed expressions. This volume uses both feminist and non-feminist approaches to womens writing and sheds new light on the themes of femininity, womans identity, experience, masks, body, gender relations, nature, culture and authorship. Masquerade and Femininity brings together East European literary studies and gender studies, offering a comparative perspective on literature, literary theory and cultural phenomena in Poland and Russia, and featuring a range of both eastern European and western scholars. In its pages, the reader is invited to move beyond Russian literature and language into a dialogic approach between Slavic literatures. This book will also contribute to filling the comparative gap which is still relatively unexplored not only with regard to the application of western scholarship to East European studies, but also with regard to the dialogue between Russian and Polish scholarship. ""I am absolutely convinced that no scholar interested in Russian and Polish womens literature will be able to get by without this book, which forms an excellent introduction both to the literary material and to Slavic (Russian and Polish) feminist studies. The contributors fascinating close readings, their insightful analyses and the in-depth knowledge of the subject revealed by the introduction make up an impressive whole and encourage further research."" Professor Grayna Borkowska, Institute of Literary Studies, Polish Academy of Sciences ""Masquerade and Femininity brings together an impressive range of internationally-based, established and emerging scholars in the field of gender studies in Polish and/or Russian literature (including Irina Adelgeym, Arja Rosenholm, Mariia Litovskaia, Evgeniia Stroganova and Lidia Winiewska). Contributors are based in the UK, Russia, Poland, Finland and the USA, and between them offer a wealth of experience in the field of gender studies in Polish and/or Russian literature. With contributions spanning the nineteenth and twentieth centuries, Masquerade and Femininity offers new perspectives on Polish and Russian womens writing and the construction of femininity. This collection considers the western feminist theory of masquerade in an eastern European context, and in so doing raises important questions about the universal applicability of theory, and the stability of conceptual boundaries between East and West, as well as providing valuable textual analyses of the works in question."" Carol Adlam, University of Exeter