The Textualization of Disgust : Marital Violence in Russian Autobiography

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Title The Textualization of Disgust : Marital Violence in Russian Autobiography
Author(s) Sarsenov, Karin
Date 2014
Editor(s) Simmons, Cynthia
English abstract
In contempory Russian autobiography that documents the eventful twentieth century, violence is ubiquitously represented in reports from war, state terror and incarceration. In contrast, reports of abusive relationships within families are much less frequent. High rates of violence in society affects the emotional and intimate relationships between individuals, but the willingness to report their effects vary considerably. It would be reasonable to assume that autobiographic texts bear trace of abusive intimate relationships, even though the issue is not explicitely dealt with. One such trace is expressions of disgust: when the boundaries of the self are violated, this feeling serves as protection, as a means to sustain distinctions that are fundamental to the sense of self identity. This paper investigates contemporary Russian autobiography with the aim of tracing such vestiges of abusive relationships within families. It poses questions about boundaries erected and violated, boundaries for personal, corporeal integrity; social and national identity.
Publisher Republic of Letters
Host/Issue Post-Communist Transition and Women's Agency in Eastern Europe
Series/Issue Central And East European Studies Series;3
ISBN 9789089791245
Pages 141–152
Language eng (iso)
Subject(s) Russian literature
Russian Autobiography
marital violence
Tatiana Okunevskaia
Alekandra Chistiakova
Humanities/Social Sciences
Research Subject Categories::HUMANITIES and RELIGION
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