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A.M. Gorky Institute
of World Literature
of the Russian Academy of Sciences

IWL RAS Publishing

A.M. Gorky Institute of World Literature
of the Russian Academy of Sciences


Povarskaya 25a, 121069 Moscow, Russia



Types of publications

  • Classification – name: Literary studies
  • Format: Hardback
  • Dimensions: 60 х 90 1/16
  • Pages: 480 p.
  • Publisher: A.M. Gorky Institute of World Literature of the Russian Academy of Sciences (IWL RAS Publ.)
  • Rights – description: Creative Commons Attribution-NoDerivatives 4.0 (СС BY-ND)
  • Rights – URL: Visit Website
  • Language of the publication: Russian
  • Type of document: Collection of articles
  • Funder: Russian Science Foundation
  • Funder – grant number: 19-78-10100
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  • ISBN: 978-5-9208-0740-3
  • Year of publication: 2023
  • Place of publication: Moscow
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  • Ex. editor: Veronika B. Zuseva-Özkan
  • Femininity and Masculinity in the Modernist Culture: Russia and Abroad. Ex. ed. Veronika B. Zuseva-Özkan. Moscow, IWL RAS Publ., 2023. 480 p. (In Russian)

Information abot ex. editor:

Veronika B. Zuseva-Özkan, DSc in Philology, Leading Research Fellow, A.M. Gorky Institute of World Literature of the Russian Academy of Sciences, Povarskaya 25 a, 121069 Moscow, Russia.


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The book is based on the materials of the International scientific conference “Femininity and Masculinity in the Modernist Culture: Russia and Abroad” (Moscow, IWL RAS, February 14–16, 2023). The authors of the articles examine how in the literature and, more broadly, in the art of modernity the urgent social and psychological changes associated with the ongoing gender change, the expansion of the boundaries of “normative” ideas about femininity, the discovery by women of their own bodies, as well as the limitations of the “standard” male behavior by men, were realized and modeled. The study considers gender problematics in the comparative aspect, female images and their typology in a number of Russian and Western European writers of the era, the representation of the feminine and the masculine in literary criticism and the press, the “women’s question” as a political, social and philosophical problem, the evolution of male images and ideas about masculinity in general. The book is addressed to the literary and cultural scholars, as well as anyone interested in the history of culture, “women’s” and “gender” history.

Keywords: femininity, masculinity, gender, modernity, comparative studies, identity.



Gender Issues in the Comparative Perspective

Nadezhda I. Pavlova. Ellen Wood’s Novel East Lynne in the “English Code” of Anna Karenina

Violetta S. Trofimova. Dialogue Through the Ages: John Wilmot, Earl of Rochester, and Vera Kryzhanovskaya-Rochester 

Ekaterina V. Kuznetsova. “Dance of the Seven Veils” and the New Femininity of Modernity: from Tragedy to Parody

Tatiana A. Kupchenko. Love as a “Cruel Muse”: The Role of Aestheticism of O. Wilde in the Gender Perspective of the Poem by V. Mayakovsky About That

Veronika B. Zuseva-Ozkan. Cyrano de Bergerac by Edmond Rostand in Marina Tsvetaeva and Nadezhda Teffi’s Projections: Changing Gender Accents

Female Images and Construction of Femininity

Yuliya Yu. Anokhina. “The Two Sonyas”: The Image of Sonya Marmeladova in the Perception of Vyacheslav Ivanov and Alfred Bem

Maria V. Mikhailova. “Women’s World” on the Pages of V. Korolenko’s Works

Anna A. Orlova. Tramp, Mother, Wench: Personality and Body of the Main Character in M. Gorky’s Short Story A Woman

Boris N. Borisov. Platonov’s Heroine on Rendez-Vous (Based on the Technical Novel by Andrey Platonov)

Varvara D. Erechneva. Ideal and Identity in Hermann Hesse’s Novel Demian from Gender Perspective

Gender Issues in Literary Criticism and the Periodicals

Galina N. Boeva. Gender Aspect of the Press Controversy over Leonid Andreev’s The Abyss

Vyacheslav N. Krylov. Critical Reception of the Early Poetry by Marina Tsvetaeva in the Context of Discussion on Women’s Creativity

Kristina V. Sarycheva. Foreign Women Writers in the Literary Criticism of Journals Zhenskoe Delo and Zhenskii Vestnik

Iuliia S. Romaikina. Integrating Context of Literary Collections Zemlya (1908–1917) from the Perspective of Gender Studies 

Yulia S. Podlubnova. “I’m in a Pink Dress, Cheerful and Bright...”: Women’s Literary Debuts in the Urals (1900–1930s)

“Women’s Question” as a Social, Political and Philosophical Problem

Anastasia E. Rozhkova. Song Without Words in the Context of Sofia Tolstoy’s Personal and Artistic LifeSong Without Words in the Context of Sofia Tolstoy’s Personal and Artistic Life

Carolina Botteschi. Italian Women Writers Between Femininity and “Feminism”: From the Unification of Italy to the Twentieth Century

Tatiana S. Matiunina. “Women’s Issue” in the Early Short Stories by Jean Rhys

Yakov D. Chechnev, Yaroslav I. Arov. The Construction of Femininity in the Literary and Philosophical Works of V.V. Rozanov and E.F. Gollerbach 

Anastasia G. Gacheva. The Ideal оf Psychosynthesis and Metamorphosis оf Gender in A.K. Gorsky’s Philosophical and Artistic Practice 

Construction of Masculinity

Svetlana S. Vorontsova. First Love by V. Bryusov and Sanctus Amor by N. Petrovskaya: from Reception to Discussion

Anastasia V. Nazarova. Changing the Gender “Role” in E.N. Chirikov’s Novel FamilyChanging the Gender “Role” in E.N. Chirikov’s Novel Family

Olga R. Demidova. Eduard Limonov’s Autobiographical Saga: The Supermаn’s Confession

Index (comp. A.M. Koroleva


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