Date of Award

1-1-2017

Document Type

Thesis

Degree Name

M.A.

Department

English

First Advisor

Eric Gould

Keywords

Bulgakov, Russia, superfluous man, totalitarianism

Abstract

The paper explores the shifting definitions of the superfluous man through Russian history through the 19th century up until the Soviet era. The paper then examines Mikhail Bulgakov's subversion of the character trope in The Master and Margarita through his creation of Margarita, the supernatural woman. The author critiques Bulgakov's character Margarita through a feminist lens and then proceeds to examine work from Russian female writers who are historically undervalued. By comparing The Master and Margarita to the work of Teffi and Tatyana Tolstaya, the author hopes to reveal that in their use of Russian folklore and magical realism, the three authors are working towards the same goal of professing the possibility of social change and immortality through art.

Provenance

Recieved from ProQuest

Rights holder

Jana Marie Domanico

File size

86 p.

File format

application/pdf

Language

en

Discipline

Literature, Gender studies, History

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