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V. Bryusov’s Short Story “Sisters” in the Context of his Short Stories about Women



Year of publication 2021
Type Article in Proceedings
Conference Zbornik radova 2. međunarodnoga znanstvenog skupa kroatistika unutar slavističkoga, europskog i svjetskog konteksta (U povodu 25. godišnjice osnutka studija hrvatskoga jezika i književnosti u Puli)
MU Faculty or unit

Faculty of Arts

Keywords V. Y. Bryusov; short story; Sisters; woman; archetype
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Description Some stories by V. Y. Bryusov are devoted to the theme of woman, their behavior, attitudes towards men, their life goals and how they meet social norms. As a rule, the stories make actual one of of the archetypal images of woman, and sometimes (for example, in the stories “The First Love”, “The Last Pages from a Woman’s Diary”), they are devoted to how female character doe not fulfil the “norms” of socially expected behavior, even directly violating them. This paper touches upon the specific features of V. Y. Bryusov’s short story “Sisters”, which shows three different female archetypes. Each of the female characters incorporates some of the features of the female archetype, which are depicted in other stories by this writer. In this story, however, they are shown in relation to a single male character. Bryusov thus shows not only three female archetypes, what he never did in other stories, but also touches on the question of the archetypal expectation and behavior of men and women, raising the question of the “compatibility” of the depicted archetypes. The story analyzed here thus fits into the discussions that took place at the turn of the 19th and 20th centuries in Russian literature and reflected changes in the position of women in society.
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