Slavic rev. volume 53, issue 4, P1025-1045 1994 DOI: 10.2307/2500845 View full text
Pamela Chester

Abstract: To liberate … feelings of loss is the peculiar function of myths of origin, which so invariably speak to our nostalgias–R. Harrison, Forests“Devil” is a key piece in Tsvetaeva's “anti-Eden” cycle of autobiographical prose, a phrase I have coined to describe her rewriting of both the creation myth of Genesis and its Russian incarnation in the Arcadian boyhoods of Tolstoi and Aksakov. In the series of memoirs which she wrote in the 1930s, she reworked the male myth to reflect twentieth century female experience …

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