Post-Soviet Femininity

This project continues my interest in the Melnitsa Animation Studio’s corpus of fairy-tale and bylina films, but shifts focus to constructions of post-Soviet femininity. My presentation at the Association for Women in Slavic Studies Conference in 2017, “Fairy-Tale Women in Post-Soviet Russia” laid the groundwork for this project with an analysis of the central female characters in Melnitsa’s bylina oeuvre that found women both embodying stereotypes of feminine behavior and subverting those same stereotypes to enact agency despite the restrictions of patriarchal systems. In addition to these films, I will examine fairy tales in contemporary children’s picture books and fairy-tale tropes and images in Russian-language women’s magazines as part of this project.

Research and Teaching Portfolio of Kate Christine Moore Koppy