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Magnanimous Husbands, Repentant Wives: Sovereignty and Governmentality in Russian Domestic Fiction (The Case of “Polin’ka Saks”) (with Ilya Kliger and Discussant Harsha Ram)

October 21, 2020 @ 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm

Join us for another 19v seminar!

This presentation is dedicated to Alexander Druzhinin’s spectacularly influential epistolary novella Polin’ka Saks, published at the end of 1847 in Sovremennik.  Professor Ilya Kliger will attempt an analysis of Polinka Saks with an eye to the wider context of Russian and Western domestic fiction and with special attention to a small corpus of texts – translated and original, literary, belletristic, and scholarly – published the same year in the same journal.  Most broadly at stake is the distinctiveness of Russian scenarios of domestic government – the management and regulation of women’s vitality and desire – vis-à-vis their Western European counterparts.

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October 21, 2020
12:00 pm - 2:00 pm
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