Since the late 1980s, there has been an explosion of women's writing in Russia, Central and Eastern Europe greater than in any other cultural period. This book, which contains contributions by scholars and writers from many different countries, aims to address the gap in literature and debate that exists in relation to this subject. We investigate why women's writing has become so prominent in post-socialist countries, and enquire whether writers regard their gender as a burden, or, on the contrary, as empowering. We explore the relationship in contemporary women's writing between gender, class, and nationality, as well as issues of ethnicity and post-colonialism.
About the Author: Rosalind Marsh has edited three books on Russian women's writing and gender studies: Women in Russia and Ukraine (Cambridge University Press, 1996), Gender and Russian Literature: New Perspectives (Cambridge University Press, 1996), and Women in Russian Culture: Projections and Self-Perceptions (Berghahn, 1998); and is the co-editor, with Anna Bull and Hanna Diamond, of Feminisms and Women's Movements in Contemporary Europe (Macmillan, 2000).