The Unhappy Union of Gender and Marxism: A Study with Reference to Leo Tolstoy's Resurrection
Marxist Feminism, patriarchy, capitalism, subjugation.
This article draws upon Marxist Feminist theories and their application to Leo Tolstoy's novel, Resurrection. It is based on mainly Friedrich Engels' and Alexandra Kollontai's seminal essays where patriarchy and traditional family structures are held responsible for the subjugation of women. Kollontai further criticizes the lack of an alternative structure and calls for social reforms that would lead to freedom for working class women who are otherwise exploited by the upper class. Moreover, intellectuals like Gayle Rubin and Gayatri Chakraborty Spivak have pointed out the loopholes in Marxist Feminist structures. This is a line of thought that this article would like to explore.
About the Author
Jagari Mukherjee is a poet, editor and reviewer based in Kolkata. She has authored three collections of poetry. Most recently, she has coedited The Kolkata Cadence: Contemporary Kolkata Poets, published by Hawakal Publishers. Her latest full-length volume of poetry, The Elegant Nobody, was published by Hawakal Publishers in January 2020. She is a gold medalist in English Literature, a Best of the Net 2018 nominee, DAAD scholar from Technical University, Dresden, Germany, a Bear River alumna. Her poems and other creative pieces have been published in different venues both in India and abroad. She is the winner of the Rabindranath Tagore Literary Prize 2018 for Book Review, Poeisis Award for Excellence in Poetry 2019, and also the recipient of Reuel International Prize for Poetry 2019, among other awards. Jagari is a part of the Reviews team at The Blue Nib, and the Founder and Managing Editor of EKL Review. She has performed her poetry in the US and in India, including as a delegate at Sahitya Akademi’s Prithvi Festival in 2019. She recently won the Women Empowered Powerful Emergent Voice Award 2020.