The Body Returns: Recent Poems by Russian Women

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Stephanie Sandler


Russian feminist poetry has flourished in the post-Soviet period, especially the last decade. It has provided inspiring modes of resistance to all forms of indifference to bodily harms, particularly the harms to women. That poetry is studied here through the lens of feminist theory. The essay argues that a wide range of such theories finds resonance in these poems, and it introduces several key poets: Galina Rymbu, Oksana Vasiakina, Lida Yusupova, Elena Fanailova, and Mariia Stepanova, with a coda on Konstantin Shavlovskii.


Sandler, S. 2022. The Body Returns: Recent Poems by Russian Women. Internationale Zeitschrift für Kulturkomparatistik. 6 (2022), 45–83. DOI: