Pornography and prostitution in Russian women’s writing

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Title Pornography and prostitution in Russian women’s writing
Author(s) Sarsenov, Karin
Date 2012
Editor(s) Marsh, Rosalind
English abstract
Pornography and prostitution rapidly grew into a multifunctional trope of the Russian transition to market economy in the early 1990:ies. The idea of Russia having ”sold” herself to the Western victors in the Cold war was conventionally understood in terms of stigmatised female sexuality. In Western media, exposed female bodies likewise become important when a new image of the former enemy was drafted. The Eastern European women that swamped the Red light districts in Western European cities, paired with a booming international matchmaking business made for excellent first page news. This has provoked many Russian women writers to conceptualise their own views on female sexuality, nationhood and social marginalization. With examples taken from Nina Sadur’s recent erotic stories, among others, this paper investigates artistic responses to the discursive reality outlined above.
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Publisher Cambridge Scholars Publishing
Host/Issue New women’s writing in Russia, Central and Eastern Europe : gender, generation and identities
ISBN 1-4438-2922-6
Pages 136-146
Language swe (iso)
Subject(s) Nina Sadur
Russian Women's Writing
Humanities/Social Sciences
Research Subject Categories::HUMANITIES and RELIGION
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