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Critical Essay by Christine Johanson

SOURCE: Johanson, Christine. “Turgenev's Heroines: A Historical Assessment.” Canadian Slavonic Papers 26, no. 1 (March 1984): 15-23.

In the following essay, Johanson examines Turgenev's female characters as realistic representations of contemporary Russian women.

“Kukshina … that progressive louse which Turgenev combed out of Russian reality”: thus Dostoevskii decried the false emancipée in Ottsy i deti.1 Dmitrii Pisarev, the literary critic whose radical social views disgusted the great novelist, thought differently: “Between Kukshina and the emancipated woman, there is nothing in common.”2 He went on to explain that Turgenev could not possibly portray an emancipated woman “in the finest sense” because such women did not yet exist in Russia.3

Both critic and novelist judged the fictional heroine not according to artistic criteria, but as...

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