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Russian Women, 1698-1917 : Experience and Expression, An Anthology of Sources - Robin Bisha

Russian Women, 1698-1917

Experience and Expression, An Anthology of Sources

By: Robin Bisha (Editor), Jehanne M. Gheith (Editor), Christine Holden (Editor), William G. Wagner (Editor)

Hardcover Published: 16th September 2002
ISBN: 9780253340849
Number Of Pages: 448

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"This collection offers a treasure trove of primary sources of interest to students of women's history. Carefully introduced and annotated, these documents illustrate the diversity of Russian women's lives." -- Barbara Alpern Engel

"There is no other work that offers such a wide variety of documents and such a successful combination of literary and historical materials." -- Ann Hibner Koblitz

This rich anthology of source materials makes available for the first time in any language a multitude of primary sources on the lives of Russian women from the reign of Peter the Great to the Bolshevik revolution. The selections are drawn from a wide variety of documents, published and unpublished, including memoirs, diaries, legal codes, correspondence, short fiction, poetry, ethnographic observations, and folklore. Primacy is given to sources produced by women and previously unavailable in English translation. Organized thematically, the documents focus on women's family life, work and schooling, public activism, creative self-expression, and sexuality and spirituality, as well as on the cultural ideals and legal framework which constrained women of all social classes.

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"Women can do everything, men can do the rest." "Between a woman's 'yes' and a woman's 'no,' it's hard to pass a needle." "What goes in with mother's milk goes out with the soul." --Russian proverbs

List of Translators
Note on Transliteration and Dates
Defining ideals introduction
Eighteenth-Century Sermons
On Purity of Life
Holy Martyrs
St. Tikhon on Christian Family Duties
Maria Korsini, The ideal Family
vissarion Belinskii, Review of A Victim
Nikolai Pirogov, Questions of Life
Maria Vernadskaia, Destiny of women
Evgenia Tur versus Natalia Grot, "The" Russian woman
Anadna Tyrkova, The Emancipation of women
Family Life
Princess Dashkova's Dowry
Synod Decree on Underage Marriages
Varvara Tatishcheva, Journal
Glafira Rzhevskaia, Memoirs
Maria Ivankova, Letter to Her Mother
Ekaterina Dashkova, Letter to Her Daughter
Diary of a Young Noblewoman, on Her Mother
Aleksandra Levshina Mourns Her Sister
Anna Volkova, Recollections of Childhood
Aleksandra Efimenko, On Peasant Women's Lives
Female Poverty
Lidiia Avilova, "On the Road"
A. S. Saburova, "Why Infants Die in [Peasant] Villages"
Evdokiia Rostopchina, "The Forced Marriage"
Zhenka Anna
Varvara Kondratevna
Aleksandra Dvorskova
la. Ludmer, Abused Peasant Women
Sex and Eighteenth-Century Noblewomen
Tsaritsa Praskovia
Aleksandra Levshina
Glafira Rzhevskaia
Anna Labzina
Regulating Sexuality
Exile for indecent Behavior
Regulation of Peasants' Sexuality
Edict, Sexually Abusive Landowner
Irina Globina, Penance for Fornication
Arranging Marriages
Peasant Practices
Advice of an Elderly Woman
Maria Pokrovoskaia, Should Men be Chaste?
Prostitutes' Petition
Music hall songs
Cruel Romance
"I was Sitting in My Kitchen"
"Here and There"
Girlfriends: Tsvetaeva to Parnok
Work and Schooling
The Empress and the Philosopher: Catherine Il/Voltaire Correspondence
The Institutka and the Empress: Levshina/Catherine II Correspondence Fathers and Daughters
Vasilii Tatishchev
Mikhail Speranskii
Private Schooling
Anna Virt, Petition to Establish a School
Diary of a Young Noblewoman: Curriculum and Teachers
State schooling: Regulations and Experience
women's Patriotic Society, School for Girls
State Women's Gymnasiums and Progymnasiurns
Ekaterina Kuskova, Memoirs
Admission to universities
Medical Schooling and Practice
Belostok Obstetrical Institute
Moscow Medical Practitioners' School for Women
St. Petersburg Women's Medical Institute
Prostitution as a Profession: Speech of Aleksandra Dementeva
Peasant Women's Work
Property Management
Tsaritsas Ekaterina and Praskovia, Correspondence
Request of Baroness Stroganova The Woman Writer
Elena Gan, "Society's Judgement"
Evdokiia Rostopchina, "To My Critics" Women and the Military
Anna Menshikova
Varvara Bakunina
Maria Bochkareva
Religion, Piety, and Spiritual Life
Peasant Rituals
Anna Volkova, Easter Period in the Merchant District Anna Labzina, Memoirs
Maria Korsini, Thoughts and Tales Dedicated to Youth
Doubts about Religion: Diary of a Young Noblewoman
Popular Piety and Religious Dissent
Isidora (Daria)
Anastasia Kerova
Agrafena Ignateva
Maria Markova
Old Believers: Iguminshcheva
Serafima, Autobiography
Founding a Women's Religious Community: Donation of Countess Or lova-Davydova
Donations to the Alekseevskii Convent The Office of Deaconess: Liudmila Gerasimova, Letter to the Russian orthodox church Council of 1917-1918
Opposition and Activism Introduction
Serf Women's Resistance: Countess Vorontsova's order
Marko Vovchok, "Sasha"
Elena Likhacheva, Letter to the Tsar
The Women's Movement and its Mission: Anna Kalmanovich, Speech to the Women's Congress, 1908
Tatnana Shchepkina-Kupernik, "First Ball"
Women Supporting Women in Opposition: Ekaterina Breshko-Breshkovskaia, Reminiscences of Natalia Armfeldt
Peasant Women Protest: Police Reports
Village of Chernech, Baltskii District, Podolia Province
Hamlet of Zubovskoe, Korotaiskii District, Voronezh Province
Village of Arkhangelskoe, Urzhunskii District, Viatka Province
Village of Bunino, Bolkhovskii District, Orel Province
Working Women in the Gapon Assembly: Vera Karelina, Memoirs
Civic Activism:
charitable work
Natalia Zagrazhskaia
Evgenia Berkut, Memoirs of a District Trustee
Prostitution and Alcoholism
Maria Pokrovskaia, Prostitution and Alcoholism
On Abolishing Brothels: Ekaterina Gardner, speech, 1910
On the Outskirts of St. Petersburg: Sofia Panina, Memoirs
Suggested Readings in English
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ISBN: 9780253340849
ISBN-10: 0253340845
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 448
Published: 16th September 2002
Publisher: Indiana University Press
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 23.5 x 15.88  x 3.18
Weight (kg): 0.77
Edition Type: Annotated