Men without Women: Masculinity and Revolution in Russian by Eliot Borenstein

By Eliot Borenstein

In Men with no ladies Eliot Borenstein examines the literature of the early Soviet interval to shed new gentle at the iconic Russian inspiration of comradeship. by way of studying quite a few Russian writers who span the ideological spectrum, Borenstein presents an illuminating examining of the development of masculinity in Soviet tradition. In each one instance he identifies the alternative of blood ties with ideology and the construction of a social order within which the relatives has been supplanted via the collective.
In such works as Red Cavalry by way of Isaac Babel, Envy by way of Yuri Olesha, and Chevengur by way of Andrei Platonov girls are both absent or remodeled into bodiless abstractions. Their absence, claims Borenstein, displays the masculine values which are hallmarks of the post-revolutionary period: construction instead of replica, participation in background instead of household ahistoricity, heavy undefined, development, and fight. He identifies during this literature teams of “men with out ladies” exchanging the relatives, even whereas the metaphor of family members is used as an organizing function in their ordinary innovative missions. With the passage of time, those characters’ relationships—just as these within the Soviet tradition of the time—begin to resemble the kin constitution that used to be initially rejected and destroyed, with one very important exception: the recent “families” had no position for ladies. in response to Borenstein, this masculinist delusion came upon its so much congenial viewers through the early interval of communism, yet its hostility to girls and kin ties couldn't continue to exist into the Stalinist period whilst ladies, domestic, and relatives have been not visible as antithetical to socialism.
Drawing at the thought and writings of Levi-Strauss, Girard, Sedgwick, and others, Men with no Women could be of curiosity to scholars and students of Slavic literature and historical past in addition to experts in literary idea and gender studies.

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