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‘A Brilliant Anomaly’: Nadezhda Durova/Aleksandr Aleksandrov’s Queer Autofiction (with Margarita Vaysman and Discussant Connor Doak)
May 5, 2021 @ 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Join us for another 19v seminar!
In Russia, the nineteenth-century writer Nadezhda Durova (1783-1866) is well-known as a cross-dressing ‘Cavalry Maiden’, a young noble woman who in 1806 left her home in provincial Russia and served, under the name Aleksandrov, as a cavalry officer during the Napoleonic wars. Outside of Russia, there has been in the last decade a sustained interest in Nadezhda Durova/Aleksandr Aleksandrov as one of the very few canonical genderqueer figures in Russian literary history who have left first-hand accounts of their lived experience. In this talk, Professor Margarita Vaysman will discuss the surprising convergences between these two approaches to Durova/Aleksandrov’s legacy, and suggest a new inclusive and historically informed framework which can help us do justice to their literary work and complex biography.
Watch the event recording on YouTube here.