Géry, Catherine - The Overlooked of Russian Literary Historiography: for a female 19th century

slovo:6140 - Slovo, February 25, 2020, How to think of literary history in the 21st century in the Euro-Asian space?
The Overlooked of Russian Literary Historiography: for a female 19th century

Authors: Géry, Catherine

The literary histories of the Russian “great century,” the nineteenth century, have a museographic and patrimonial character, which gives full meaning to Roland Barthes’s reflection on literary historiography as a “ succession of single men.” However, the exclusion of women from the “ national narrative” that is Russian literary historiography is a real anomaly, because it corresponds neither to the reality of writing and publishing practices, nor to that of reading practices. Conceived at the crossroads of historiography (how it develops), literature (the manufacture of classics) and gender studies or women’s studies, this article attempts to understand the mechanisms of “invisibilisation” (or the “Matilda effect”) whose female writers of “the great Russian century” were victims. We will also look at two “case studies:” that of Anna Bunina, who was the first author to exist professionally in the Russian public literary space in the early nineteenth century, and that of Ekaterina Kniazhnina, the first woman to whom were opened the ways of publishing in Russia in 1759.


Volume: How to think of literary history in the 21st century in the Euro-Asian space?
Published on: February 25, 2020
Submitted on: February 24, 2020
Keywords: Russian Literature,Women’s Writing,Nineteenth Century,Matilda Effect,Women’s Literary Heritage,Literary Historiography,Women Studies,Subaltern Studies,littérature russe,autrices,xixe siècle,invisibilisation,matrimoine littéraire,historiographie littéraire,études féminines,études des subalternes,Русская литература 18‑ого века,Русская литература 19‑ого века,русские писательницы,эффект Матильды,литературный канон,Екатерина Княжнина,Анна Бунина,[SHS.LITT]Humanities and Social Sciences/Literature


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