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Title: The depiction of prostitution in nineteenth and early- twentieth-century Russian literature
Author: Barber, Sarah.
Awarding Body: University of Keele
Current Institution: Keele University
Date of Award: 2006
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In this thesis the depictions of prostitution produced in Russia from 1860-1914 are the paramount focus; a number of issues surrounding this subject are also discussed in some detail. The intention is to examine the motivations of the authors concerned, as well as the images they created, and to compare these images with those produced by other authors, including non-Russians, and also with real-life prostitution in this period The introduction is concerned firstly with the problem of defining the terms of the title, particularly `prostitution'; a term loaded with social and moral connotations. This leads on to a discussion of the history of prostitution from ancient times, though focussing on the nineteenth century, first in the West, and then, in greater detail, in Russia. In the latter stages of the introduction and also Chapter One the theme of prostitution in literature is addressed a: number of French and English portrayals are discussed inorder to highlight prevalent attitudes and ideas towards prostitution in Western literary circles, and an overview is given of prostitution as a theme in Russian literature from the late eighteenth century up to 1900. In this section a number of general trends are illustrated. In Chapters Two-Five four authors who made significant contributions to this theme are examined in greater detail: Vsevolod Garshin, Leonid Andreev, Aleksandr Kuprin, and Volodymyr Vynnychenko. In Chapter Six a number of works by female authors are discussedin ordert o offer an alternative perspective on the issue.The images of prostitution produced are discussed with reference to their authors' opinions on prostitution, and also to other issues they sought to highlight through these depictions. Comparisons and are drawn throughout, and in this way the carious attitudes and opinions surrounding the issue of prostitution are traced throughout the period in question.
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Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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