Women and Family

Atkinson, Dorothy. "Society and the Sexes in the Russian Past." Women in Russia, pp. 3-38. Edited by Dorothy Atkinson, Alexander Dallin, and Gail Warshofsky Lapidus. Stanford CA: Stanford University Press, 1977. [EM, PWT]

Dewey, H. W. and A. M. Kleimola. "Muted Eulogy: Women Who Inspired Men in Medieval Rus'." Russian History 10: 2: 188-200.

Grossman, Joan Delaney. "Feminine Images in Old Russian Literature and Art." California Slavic Studies 11: 33-70.

Hubbs, Joanna. Mother Russia: The Feminine Myth in Russian Culture. Bloomington IN: Indiana University Press, 1988.
Disreputable discussion of matriarchical themes in Russian culture. Good source for pagan rituals.

___________. "The Worship of Mother Earth in Russian Culture." Mother Worship: Themes and Variations. Edited by James T. Preston. Chapel Hill NC: University of North Carolina Press, 1982.

Hughes, Lidsey A. J. Sophia, Regent of Russia, 1657-1704: Ambitious and Daring Above Her Sex. New Haven CT: Yale University Press, 1990.
A bit post-period, but still an interesting source book about Peter's older sister.

Jacobson, Esther. The Deer Goddess of Ancient Siberia: A Study in the Ecology of Belief. Leiden: E. J. Brill, 1993.

Kaiser, Daniel H. "Symbol and Ritual in the Marriages of Ivan the Terrible." Russian History 14: 247-62.

Karpinski, A. "Female Servants in Polish Towns in the Late 16th and 17th Centuries. " Acta poloniae historica 74 (1996): 21-44.

Kivelson, Valerie A. "The Effects of Partible Inheritance: Gentry Families and the State in Muscovy." Russian Review 53: 197-213.[PWT]
Mostly about changes that occurred in the 17th century, which means that it explains the older inheritance systems. Focuses on the rights of daughters to inherit.

___________. "Through the Prism of Witchcraft: Gender and Social Change in Seventeenth-Century Muscovy." Russia's Women: Accommodation, Resistance, Transformation, pp. 74-94. Edited by Barbara Evans Clements, Barbara Alpern Engel, and Christine D. Worobec. Berkeley CA: University of California, 1991. [EM]

Kleimola, Ann M. "'In Accordance with the Canons of the Holy Apostles': Moscovite Dowries and Women's Property Rights." The Russian Review 51: 204-229. [PWT]
Fascinating work which suggests (among other things) that the loss of women's dowry rights in Russia was caused by the importation of Western "enlightened" notions of gender.

Kollman, Nancy Shields. "The Seclusion of Elite Muscovite Women." Russian History 10: 2: 170-187.

Levin, Eve. "Childbirth in Pre-Petrine Russia." Russia's Women: Accommodation, Resistance, Transformation, pp. 44-60. Edited by Barbara Evans Clements, Barbara Alpern Engel, and Christine D. Worobec. Berkeley CA: University of California, 1991. [EM, PWT]

___________. "Infanticide in Pre-Petrine Russia." Jahrbucher fur Geschichte Osteuropas 2: 215-24.

___________. Sex and Society in the World of the Orthodox Slavs, 900-1700. Ithaca NY: Cornell University Press, 1989. [PWT]
Very well documented discussion of philosophy and laws concerning women. Gives great detail on rules of divorce and remarriage (good source on differences of common law and church weddings). Talks about age limits for marriage, for example.

___________. "Sexual Vocabulary in Medieval Russia." Sexuality and the Body in Russian Culture, pp. 41-52. Edited by Jane T. Costlow, Stephanie Sandler, and Judith Vowles. Stanford: Stanford University Press, 1993.

___________. "Women and Property in Medieval Novgorod: Dependence and Independence." Russian History 10: 154-69.

Levy, Sandra. "Women and the Control of Property in Sixteenth-Century Muscovy." Russian History 10: 2: 201-212.

Lewitter, L. R. "Women, Sainthood, and Marriage in Muscovy." Journal of Russian Studies 37: 3-11.
Comparison of attitudes towards women, as found in the Domostroi and several other works.

McNally, Susanne Janosik. From Public to Private Prisoner: The Changing Place of Women in Medieval Russia. Ann Arbor MI: University Microfilms International, 1978. [MSR]

Moyle, Natalie K. "Mermaids (Rusalki) and Russian Beliefs About Women." New Studies in Russian Language and Literature, pp. 221-38. Edited by Anna Lisa Crone and Catherine V. Chvany. Columbus OH: Slavica, 1987.

Pushkareva, N. L. "The Woman in the Ancient Russian Family." Russian Traditional Culture, pp. 105-21. Edited by Marjorie Mandelstam Balzer. Armonk NY: M. E. Sharpe, 1992. [PWT]
Overall examination of the position of women in period.

___________. "Women in the Medieval Russian Family of the Tenth through Fifteenth Centuries." Russia's Women: Accommodation, Resistance, Transformation, pp. 29-43. Edited by Barbara Evans Clements, Barbara Alpern Engel, and Christine D. Worobec. Berkeley CA: University of California, 1991. [EM, PWT]

___________ and Eve Levin. "Women in Medieval Novgorod, Eleventh to Fifteenth Century." Soviet Studies in History 23: 71-90.

Stscherbakiwskyj, W. "The Early Ukrainian Social Order as Reflected in Ukrainian Wedding Customs." Slavonic and East European Review 31: 77 (June 1953): 325-351. [PWT]
Good source for technical details of Ukrainian weddings.

Thyret, Isolde. "'Blessed Is the Tsaritsa's Womb': The Myth of Miraculous Birth and Royal Motherhood in Muscovite Russia." Russian Review 53: 479-96. [PWT]
Study of how the notion of the Tsaritsa as the protector of the "spiritual womb" and the cult of the Tsaritsa-mother developed in the 16th century.

Vernadsky, George. "Studies in the History of the Muscovian Private Law of the Sixteenth and Seventeenth Centuries. Inheritance: The Case of the Childless Wife." Studi in Memoria di Aldo Albertoni, pp. 433-454. Padovaa: CEDAM, 1938.

Weickhardt, Georg G. "Legal Rights of Women in Russia. 1100-1750." Slavic Review 55: 1: 1-24.

Wickenden, Paul, of Thanet [Paul W. Goldschmidt]. "The Babees Book: Medieval Children's Art." Tournaments Illuminated 116 (Fall 1995): 19. [PWT]
Discusses the birchbark drawings of the 13th century boy Onfim from Novgorod.

___________. "A Russian Wedding." Tournaments Illuminated 113 (Winter 1995): 19-25. [PWT]

Women in History -- Women's History: Central and Eastern European Perspectives. Edited by Andrea Peto and Mark Pittaway. Central European University History Department Working Paper, No. 1. Budapest: Central European University, 1994.
Four sections. First section includes piece by Vilana Pilinkaite on women in sixteenth century Lithuania, and one by Istvan Gyorgy Toth on noble women in 16th century Hungary.

Women in Russia and Ukraine. Edited by Rosalind Marsh. New York: Cambridge University Press, 1996. [OKB]
Historical chapters trace the role of gender in Russian and Ukrainian society from the twelfth century to the present day.

Zguta, Russell. "Was There A Witch Craze in Muscovite Russia?" Southern Folklore Quarterly 41: 119-128.

Ziolkowski, Margaret. "Women in Old Russian Literature." Women Writers in Russian Literature, pp. 1-15. Edited by Toby W Clyman and Diana Greene. Westport CT: Greenwood Press, 1994.

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