Mothers and Daughters: Family Dysfunction in Post-Soviet Literature and Life
Alawi, Crystal, Slavic Languages and Literatures - Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, University of Virginia
Connolly, Julian, Department of Slavic Languages and Literatures, University of Virginia
Tolczyk, Dariusz, Department of Slavic Languages and Literatures, University of Virginia
Upon the collapse of the Soviet Union, parent-child dynamics underwent fundamental restructuring. The reemergence of patriarchal culture and socio-economic crisis during the post-Soviet era called for the return of women to their maternal duties. However, growing instances of social orphanhood, infanticide, and child abandonment indicated the underlying dysfunction that pervaded mother-child dynamics. This master’s thesis offers an in-depth analysis of mother-child relations in post-Soviet social history and literature. Demonstrating the destructive effects of the state’s advocacy of patriarchal family dynamics, this thesis explores literary interpretations of this socio-cultural phenomenon in the works of Liudmila Ulitskaia.
MA (Master of Arts)
post-Soviet era, mother-child relations, Ulitskaia, Russian literature
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