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Парадокс женского сексуального желания в Преступлении и наказании: к вопросу о женской груди

  • Sara Dickinson

The Paradox of Female Sexual Desire in Crime and Punishment: On the Question of the Female Breast . This article examines references to the female breast found in Dostoevsky’s novel Crime and Punishment to reveal the contradictory role of female sexuality in his literary world. Despite feminist inclinations and a personal familiarity with “emancipated love,” he had particular difficulty with issues of women’s sexual desire and female corporeality, associating them with danger. He actively suppressed the bodies and desire of physically attractive women in his work. In Crime and Punishment, for ex., both Sonia and Dunia attract male desire, but do not express their own. References to the female breast in his work reveal this deep ambivalence about the female body: now alluring, now menacing, now subject to torture, the breast can also be symbolically maternal or disease-ridden.

  • Keywords:
  • Dostoevsky,
  • breast,
  • sexuality,
  • desire,
  • maternity,
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Sara Dickinson

University of Genoa, Italy - ORCID: 0000-0002-8333-0528

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Chapter Information

Chapter Title

Парадокс женского сексуального желания в Преступлении и наказании: к вопросу о женской груди

Authors

Sara Dickinson

Language

Russian

DOI

10.36253/979-12-215-0122-3.14

Peer Reviewed

Publication Year

2023

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© 2023 Author(s)

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CC BY 4.0

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CC0 1.0

Bibliographic Information

Book Title

Ф.М. Достоевский: Юмор, парадоксальность, демонтаж

Editors

Dar'ja Farafonova, Laura Salmon, Stefano Aloe

Peer Reviewed

Number of Pages

222

Publication Year

2023

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© 2023 Author(s)

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CC BY 4.0

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CC0 1.0

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Firenze University Press

DOI

10.36253/979-12-215-0122-3

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979-12-215-0121-6

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979-12-215-0122-3

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979-12-215-0123-0

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Biblioteca di Studi Slavistici

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2612-7687

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2612-7679

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