Cover

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Frontmatter

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Contents

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p. vii

Acknowledgments

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pp. ix-xi

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Introduction: Engendering Byt in Soviet Culture

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pp. 3-23

In 1962, during Nikita Khrushchev's tentative Thaw reforms, two authors sent their manuscripts to Aleksandr Tvardovskii, the daring editor of the liberal journal Novyi mir.1 One had written a scathing fictional depiction of dictator Joseph Stalin’s prison system; the other had penned a...

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1. Documenting Women's Byt during the Thaw and Stagnation: Natal'ia Baranskaia and I. Grekova

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pp. 24-57

In 1966 the deputy director of the Pushkin Memorial Museum in Moscow abruptly retired after officials criticized her for inviting dissident poet Joseph Brodsky to an exhibit featuring the photographs of the poet Anna Akhmatova and her family, all of whom had suffered under Stalin.1 ...

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2. Perestroika and the Emergence of Women's Prose: Liudmila Petrushevskaia, Tat'iana Tolstaia, and Women's Anthologies

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pp. 58-98

On a rainy Moscow afternoon in May 1988 author Svetlana Vasilenko happened to meet Larisa Vaneeva, another prose writer. As the two women talked, they compared their lives—a series of menial jobs, no opportunities for publishing—and realized they knew many women writers who...

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3. The Artistry of Everyday Life: Liudmila Ulitskaia, Svetlana Vasilenko, and Post-Soviet Women's Anthologies

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pp. 99-129

During the Brezhnev years one of the young workers in a Moscow genetics laboratory was discovered reading and retyping underground literature. Fearful that the entire lab would be closed, her superiors fired her, citing the need for a reduction in staff. The woman, who had...

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Conclusion: Cultural Divides and the Future of Women's Prose

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pp. 130-135

Women's writing after Stalinism coalesced around the quotidian, first moving from select illustration to broadened critique and then acceptance of the everyday as an artistic resource valuable in its own right. Emphases on documenting byt and, by extension, gender combined...

Notes

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pp. 137-179

Bibliography

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pp. 181-202

Index [Includes Back Cover]

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pp. 203-211