• Gossiping and Ageing Princesses in Odoevsky’s Societal Tales

    Author(s):
    Natalya Khokholova (see profile)
    Date:
    2021
    Group(s):
    ASEEES Convention
    Subject(s):
    Gothic, Women
    Item Type:
    Article
    Tag(s):
    Gossip, Russian romanticism, Ageing Bodies, Money
    Permanent URL:
    http://dx.doi.org/10.17613/k9r2-7w72
    Abstract:
    Abstract There have been numerous and extensive discussions of the role of ‘слухи’ [gossip] in nineteenth-century Russian literature; usually gossip was viewed as a formative force be- hind plot dynamics, and as the launching point for grotesque narrative effects. This article attempts to frame different perceptions of gossip, treating it in its specific relation to the subject of ageing and as a contributive factor to the development of the Russian realist tradition. This paper proposes a new approach to the reading of gossip by examining how it functions in the nineteenth-century Russian genre of the ‘society tale’. It emerges there as a witch’s spell, in which ageing heroines choose gossip as their defense mechanism in response to physiological and psychological changes within and around them.
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