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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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Olga Shapir (1850–1916)

Olga Shapir (1850–1916)

(p.181) 6 Olga Shapir (1850–1916)
A History of Russian Women's Writing 1820–1992

Catriona Kelly

Oxford University Press

Olga Shapir can be considered as a ‘typical’ 19th-century writer. Although she was prolific, she is now posthumously forgotten. However, Shapir's novel, The Stormy Years, shows a brave attempt to combine an analysis of revolutionary politics with a critical overview of sexual possibilities. This chapter discusses Shapir's autobiography and ‘The Settlement’, a 19th-century critical realism story, in detail. It can be determined that Shapir's story was able to represent gender and class relations as both inflexible and variable.

Keywords:   Olga Shapir, 19th-century writer, The Stormy Years, revolutionary politics, sexual possibilities, 19th century, critical realism, gender, class relations

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