Men Who Give Birth: A Feminist Perspective on Russian Literature

  • Barbara Heldt


‘To demonstrate the non-coincidence of woman and women’1 in the products of all cultures has been the task of the feminist since approximately 1963. Woman, the fictional construct who is Other from man and marked (in the Jakobsonian sense) for certain characteristics useful or detrimental to him, must assiduously be kept distinct from those real beings in time and space, women. Feminists who undertake this task for Russian literature face interesting new territory dense in outgrowth of fantasy, desire and political allegory on the part of previous critics.


Sexual Identity Feminist Perspective Feminist Critic Russian Literature Childbirth Experience 
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Notes and References

  1. 1.
    Teresa de Lauretis, Alice Doesn’t: Feminism, Semiotics, Cinema, Bloomington, Indiana, 1984, p. 36.Google Scholar

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© Catriona Helen Moncrieff Kelly, Michael Laurence Makin and David George Shepherd 1989

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