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The Mother of God in Modern, Revolutionary, and Post-Soviet Russian Culture
Edited by Amy Singleton Adams and Vera Shevzov
“Shevzov and Adams have assembled a set of smart, innovative essays by top-notch scholars from a variety of disciplines. Together, the essays highlight the importance of Mary as a model and mode of negotiating meanings of women and motherhood, while they explore the connection between devotion to the Mother of God and concepts and definitions of space and place.” —Valerie Kivelson, author of Desperate Magic: The Moral Economy of Witchcraft in Seventeenth-Century Russia
Despite the continued fascination with the Virgin Mary in modern and contemporary times, very little of the resulting scholarship on this topic extends to Russia. Russia’s Mary, however, who is virtually unknown in the West, has long played a formative role in Russian society and culture. Framing Mary introduces readers to the cultural life of Mary from the seventeenth century to the post-Soviet era. It examines a broad spectrum of engagements among a variety of people—pilgrims and poets, clergy and laity, politicians and political activists—and the woman they knew as the Bogoroditsa.
April 2018 344 pp., 6x9
Amy Singleton Adams is associate professor of Russian literature at the College of the Holy Cross.
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