Liubov Krichevskaya: No Good without Reward: Selected Writings. A Bilingual Edition

The Other Voice in Early Modern Europe - The Toronto Series, Vol. 13

Liubov Krichevskaya: No Good without Reward: Selected Writings. A Bilingual Edition

Edited by Brian James Baer
2011 | 286 pp. | 978-0-7727-2110-5 | Paperback 6 x 9 in
$31.95 |

OVEME v13
Edited and translated by Brian James Baer

A female contemporary of Alexander Pushkin, Liubov Krichevskaya makes her Anglophone debut in an excellent translation of her fiction, drama, and poetry, which deftly capture women’s estate in the early nineteenth century. Krichevskaya intriguingly combines Sentimentalist preoccupations—sensibility, virtue, and men’s moral reformation through confrontation with exemplary women’s passive piety—with the uncontrollable passions and volatile hero popularized by the Byronic strain of Romanticism. Her gynocentric texts poignantly convey the stringent limitations imposed upon women’s agency by a society that paradoxically credited them with the seemingly limitless capacity to exert a civilizing influence as icons of probity. Readers acquainted with Rousseau, Richardson, and Goethe will discover familiar feminized turf, but cultivated in a Russian vein.
—Helena Goscilo
Chair and Professor of Slavic, The Ohio State University