A History of Women's Writing in Russia by Adele Marie Barker, Jehanne M. Gheith

By Adele Marie Barker, Jehanne M. Gheith

A historical past of Women's Writing in Russia lines comprehensively the lives and works of Russia's girls writers from the center a while to the current. members have addressed the customarily stunning contexts during which women's writing has been produced. Chapters display a flourishing literary culture the place none was once proposal to exist, how Russia's ladies writers articulated their very own event, and re-assesing their dating to the dominant male culture. the quantity is supported by means of wide reference positive aspects together with a bibliography and advisor to writers and their works.

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This was not merely connected with the importance of their role as mothers and home-keepers, but was rather deeply embedded in the complex hierarchy of ancient pagan gods and goddesses. Various sources have unearthed pagan goddesses worshiped in Rus’, including the popular and important Mokosh’, goddess of fertility, women, childbirth, and woman’s work such as spinning. The worship of Mokosh’ possibly grew out of the ancient Slavonic cult of Damp Mother Earth (Mat’ syra zemlia), all-powerful and creative embodiment of fertility and spring.

Matryona’s life and total selflessness, mirroring those of Ul’ianiia, act as authorial expressions of morality and spiritual belief. Both Kallistrat and Solzhenitsyn, furthermore, choose to voice their dissatisfaction with elements of the Orthodox Church by creating female characters who have no strong links with the established Church, yet whose faith is undiminished and productive. Far less subtle an attack than Kallistrat’s against the Church was made by the author of the Povest’ o boiaryne Morozovoi, which tells of the campaign waged against the ecclesiastical hierarchy by Feodosiia Morozova, seventeenth-century aristocratic courtier and most famous female Old Believer, in the aftermath of the Nikonian ecclesiastical reforms.

Various sources have unearthed pagan goddesses worshiped in Rus’, including the popular and important Mokosh’, goddess of fertility, women, childbirth, and woman’s work such as spinning. The worship of Mokosh’ possibly grew out of the ancient Slavonic cult of Damp Mother Earth (Mat’ syra zemlia), all-powerful and creative embodiment of fertility and spring. These female pagan images commanded great reverence, their powers being regularly invoked to help, heal, and comfort. With the arrival in Rus’ of the Christian Church, however, such powers were decried as witchcraft, the devil’s work, and every aspect of pagan worship was denounced by the Orthodox authorities.

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