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After “A Youth on Fire“: The Woman Veteran in Iulia Drunina's Postwar Poetry

After “A Youth on Fire“: The Woman Veteran in Iulia Drunina's Postwar Poetry The article uses Soviet poet Iuliia Drunina's deeply personal and o en autobiographical poetry as a lens through which to view the woman veteran's experience, especially during the time of the state-promoted cult of World War II and the erosion of the cult during perestroika. Gender and World War II remain consistent themes in Drunina's poetry, but in her oeuvre, one finds an evolution in how the poet-veteran relates to the war. From 1942 on, Drunina consciously assumed the role of the voice for women soldiers, but as the war receded into the past and the number of veterans dwindled, Drunina began to write more frequently on behalf of veterans of both sexes. This article details numerous war and gender-related themes: gendered otherness during the war, demobilization, stereotypes of women soldiers, the sacred nature of the war, the duty to remember, front-line friendship, and the persistence of the war in veterans' lives. KEYWORDS: gender, memory, poetry, self-image, veterans, women soldiers, World War II "All my life / I languish, envious / of that girl / Thin and awkward / Who marched through the war / in heavy army boots / with a rifle"1 In Iuliia Drunina's 1976 poem http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Aspasia Berghahn Books

After “A Youth on Fire“: The Woman Veteran in Iulia Drunina's Postwar Poetry

Aspasia , Volume 7 (1) – Mar 1, 2013

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Berghahn Books
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1933-2882
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1933-2890
DOI
10.3167/asp.2013.070105
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Abstract

The article uses Soviet poet Iuliia Drunina's deeply personal and o en autobiographical poetry as a lens through which to view the woman veteran's experience, especially during the time of the state-promoted cult of World War II and the erosion of the cult during perestroika. Gender and World War II remain consistent themes in Drunina's poetry, but in her oeuvre, one finds an evolution in how the poet-veteran relates to the war. From 1942 on, Drunina consciously assumed the role of the voice for women soldiers, but as the war receded into the past and the number of veterans dwindled, Drunina began to write more frequently on behalf of veterans of both sexes. This article details numerous war and gender-related themes: gendered otherness during the war, demobilization, stereotypes of women soldiers, the sacred nature of the war, the duty to remember, front-line friendship, and the persistence of the war in veterans' lives. KEYWORDS: gender, memory, poetry, self-image, veterans, women soldiers, World War II "All my life / I languish, envious / of that girl / Thin and awkward / Who marched through the war / in heavy army boots / with a rifle"1 In Iuliia Drunina's 1976 poem

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AspasiaBerghahn Books

Published: Mar 1, 2013

Keywords: gender; memory; poetry; self-image; veterans; women soldiers; World War II

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