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Matka i córka – trudna relacja (na materiale rosyjskiej literatury kobiet)
Mother and Daughter – A Difficult Relationship (Based on Russian Women’s Writing)

Author(s): Martyna Kowalska
Subject(s): Cultural history, Studies of Literature, Theory of Literature
Published by: Wydawnictwa Uniwersytetu Warszawskiego
Keywords: Russian contemporary literature; motherhood; mother and daughter; autobiographical narration; “toxic” relationships
Summary/Abstract: The article is an attempt to delve into an exceptional type of bond that is formed between two generations of women: mothers and daughters. Russian contemporary literature (Olga Slavnikova, Maria Arbatova, Irina Vasilkova, Lyudmila Petrushevskaya) which is analysed here, portrays strong, exceptionally emotional, often traumatic relationships between mothers and daughters. On the one hand, we are interested in the description of this bond that reveals features of autobiographical narration. On the other hand, we consider this bond within the confines of interPgenerational conflict and external conditions that influence different perception of reality by both sides.

  • Page Range: 203-216
  • Page Count: 14
  • Publication Year: 2020
  • Language: Russian, Polish, Ukrainian