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A History of Russian Women's Writing 1820–1992$
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Catriona Kelly

Print publication date: 1998

Print ISBN-13: 9780198159643

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198159643.001.0001

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Elena Gan (1814–1842)

Elena Gan (1814–1842)

(p.109) 4 Elena Gan (1814–1842)
A History of Russian Women's Writing 1820–1992

Catriona Kelly

Oxford University Press

Elena Gan still remains as one of the very few Russian women writers who was able to expand on the idea of feminine genius during the post Pushkinian period. This is noted especially in her work ‘The Futile Gift’, which was published during the 1840s. This chapter discusses briefly Gan's early life and how her works were considered seductive. The stories written by Gan presented a seductive element through women who were unhappy due to their unusual qualities. The chapter also cites how her works provided a suitable inspiration in the absolutist conditions in the culture of Russia.

Keywords:   Elena Gan, feminine genius, post Pushkinian, The Futile Gift, 1840s, seductive element, absolutist conditions

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