The Worlds of Russian Village Women: Tradition, Transgression, Compromise

The Worlds of Russian Village Women: Tradition, Transgression, Compromise

Laura J. Olson

Russian rural ladies were depicted as sufferers of oppressive patriarchy, celebrated as symbols of inherent lady power, and extolled because the unique resource of an exceptional international tradition. in the course of the years of collectivization, industrialization, and international struggle II, ladies performed significant roles within the evolution of the Russian village. yet how do they see themselves? What do their tales, songs, and customs display approximately their values, wishes, and motivations?
    Based upon approximately 3 a long time of fieldwork, from 1983 to 2010, The Worlds of Russian Rural Women follows 3 generations of Russian ladies and exhibits how they alternately guard, discard, and transform the cultural traditions in their forebears to fit altering wishes and self-conceptions. In an incredible contribution to the learn of folklore, Laura J. Olson and Svetlana Adonyeva rfile the ways in which women's stories of conventional practices linked to marriage, childbirth, and demise mirror either upholding and transgression of social norms. Their romance songs, satirical ditties, and therapeutic and destructive magic demonstrate the complexity of energy family members within the Russian villages.

Table of Contents:
Introduction: culture, Transgression, Compromise
1 Traditions of Patriarchy and the lacking girl Voice in Russian Folklore Scholarship
2 Age and Gender prestige and identification: constitution and History
3 Subjectivity and the Relational Self in Russian Village Women's tales of Courtship and Marriage
4 The excitement, strength, and Nostalgia of Melodrama: Twentieth-Century making a song Traditions and Women's id Construction
5 Transgression as Communicative Act: Rural Women's Chastushki
6 Magical Forces and the Symbolic assets of Motherhood
7 Magic, keep watch over, and Social Roles
8 developing identification in tales of the opposite World
9 demise, the useless, and Memory-Keepers

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