Focusing on a close, contextualized reading of a single case of invented identity from 1906, this article illustrates how, in fin de siècle Europe, a mutually generative relationship between the real, the imagined, and the rapidly proliferating mass media transformed the female “nihilist” from an apocryphal Russian figure into a durable Russian archetype—an archetype that had significant consequences in the shaping of European public opinion about Russia.
Who Are Vera and Tatiana? The Female Russian Nihilist in the Fin de Siècle Imagination
Abby Holekamp is a PhD candidate in the Department of History at Georgetown University. Her research focuses on the transnational interplay of French and Russian revolutionary cultures from the 1880s through the 1930s.
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Abby Holekamp; Who Are Vera and Tatiana? The Female Russian Nihilist in the Fin de Siècle Imagination. Representations 8 May 2020; 150 (1): 1–31. doi: https://doi.org/10.1525/rep.2020.150.1.1
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