Contemporary Russian Women Authors: Rejecting Definition in Literary Rebellion
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Russia’s women have had a difficult time finding a voice in literature until as recently as the 1980s. With this new voice, many women writers have countered the widespread gender assumptions inherent in patriarchal Russian culture. This essay explores how four contemporary Russian women authors— Ludmilla Petrushevskaya, Nina Sadur, Tatyana Tolstaya, and Ludmila Ulitskaya—challenge binary gender stereotypes, particularly those concerning women. Each author has uniquely rejected a prescribed definition of ‘woman’ in her prose, and together the four authors form a literary rebellion against stereotypical notions of femininity.
Muff, Rebecca A. (2008). Contemporary Russian Women Authors: Rejecting Definition in Literary Rebellion. Available electronically from