Russian Women, 1698-1917

Russian Women, 1698-1917

Experience and Expression, An Anthology of Sources
Edited by Robin Bisha, Jehanne Gheith, Christine Holden and William G Wagner
Distribution: Global
Publication date: 09/16/2002
Format: Paperback 30 b&w photos, 1 maps, 1 bibliog., 1 index
ISBN: 978-0-253-21523-9
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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 The selections are drawn from a wide variety of documents, published and unpublished, including memoirs, diaries, legal codes, correspondence, short fiction, poetry, ethnographic observations, and folklore.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.

Author Bio

Robin Bisha, who holds a Ph.D. in Russian history from Indiana University, recently completed an M.A. in Journalism and Mass Communications from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She previously taught history at Kalamazoo College and the University of Texas at El Paso.

Jehanne M Gheith is Associate Professor in the Department of Slavic Languages and Literatures at Duke University.

Christine Holden is Associate Professor in the Department of History at the University of Southern Maine. She previously taught at Bates College and also was a Legislative Assistant for the Maine State Legislature.

William G. Wagner is Brown Professor of History and Chair of the Department of History, Williams College.

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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 “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 This rich anthology of source materials makes available for the first time in any language an extensive variety of primary sources on the lives of Russian women from the reign of Peter the Great to the Bolshevik revolution. Sources, published and unpublished, include memoirs, diaries, legal codes, correspondence, short fiction, poetry, ethnographic observations, and folklore, with primacy given to sources produced by women and previously unavailable in English translation. ”

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Table of Contents

Introduction

CHAPTER I: Defining Ideals
CHAPTER II: Family Life
CHAPTER III: Sexuality
CHAPTER IV: Work and Schooling
CHAPTER V: Religion, Piety, and Spiritual Life
CHAPTER VI: Opposition and Activism
Glossary
Suggested Readings in English
Index