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Becoming a Woman: The Female Initiation Story in Russian Literature, 1792-1861

Lamp, Alla
Format
Thesis/Dissertation; Online
Author
Lamp, Alla
Advisor
Connolly, Julian
Nafpaktitis, Margarita
Fraiman, Susan
Herman, David
Abstract
This study analyzes five texts of female development appearing in Russian literature between 1792 and 1861: Nikolai Karamzin's "Bednaia Liza", Aleksandr Pushkin's Evgenii Onegin, Karolina Pavlova's Dvoinaia zhizn', Lev Tolstoi's Semeinoe schast'e, and Nadezhda Khvoshchinskaia's Pansionerka. These works are reviewed within the context of their cultural relevance, historical background, and structural composition. The dissertation examines the origins and implications of the symbolic opposition of the feminine to the masculine in the Russian cultural tradition and traces its influence on the emergence of narratives depicting female transition into adulthood. The study outlines the peculiarities of the approach to the topic of female maturation by Russian writers in the 1790s – 1860s and identifies the discrepancies in the interpretation of womanhood by authors of opposite genders. Note: Abstract extracted from PDF text
Language
English
Published
University of Virginia, Department of Slavic Languages and Literatures, PHD, 2009
Published Date
2009-12-01
Degree
PHD
Collection
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