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Petrusenko, N. (2017). Creating the Revolutionary Heroines: The Case of Female Terrorists of the PSR (Russia, Beginning of the 20th Century). (Doctoral dissertation). Stockholm: Department of History, Stockholm university
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Creating the Revolutionary Heroines: The Case of Female Terrorists of the PSR (Russia, Beginning of the 20th Century)
2017 (English)Doctoral thesis, monograph (Other academic)
Abstract [en]

Representing revolutionary terrorists as heroes and martyrs was a typical feature of the mythology of the Russian revolutionary underground at the beginning of the 20th century. This mythology described Underground Russia, the world of the revolutionaries, as an ideal country inhabited by ideal people. The purpose of that epos was to represent the revolutionary struggle, and individual revolutionaries in such a way that they would gain sympathy from the wider public and become role models for other revolutionary fighters. Sympathetic representations of women who committed political violence seem to be especially shocking in the context of Russia at the beginning of the twentieth century, since female violent behavior contradicted the existing gender order.

Employing theoretical perspectives of Critical Discourse Analysis, gender history and intersectionality, the dissertation analyzes the way narratives about the individual life paths of female terrorists of the Party of Socialist Revolutionaries (the PSR), the biggest socialist party in Russia at the beginning of the 20th century, were constructed in their revolutionary auto/biographies. It analyzes how the lives of women from different social and ethnic origins, of different ages, with different life paths, who happened to be united only by their participation in the political terrorism of the PSR, were recounted with the help of narratives used in the Russian revolutionary underground.

The research findings demonstrate that the accounts of the lives of female PSR terrorists were constructed with the help of the dominant narrative that was formed as a conversion story. Within the framework of that narrative, the lives of individual women were adapted to the dominant discourse of heroism and martyrdom, and at the same time were contextualized within the dominant discourse on “good” femininity that existed in the Russian society, and even within the discourse on Jews as perpetual “Others” in the Russian empire in case of Jewish women. Social and ethnic backgrounds as well as individual circumstances of the terrorist women, however, transformed the dominant narrative, and thus created diversity of representations. The discursive practice of writing a revolutionary life accepted by Bolsheviks influenced the discursive practice employed in revolutionary auto/biographies of female terrorists written during the early Soviet period.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Stockholm: Department of History, Stockholm university, 2017. p. 354
Keywords
Russia, terrorism, women, gender, intersectionality, mythology, autobiography, biography, revolutionary underground, narrative, discourse
National Category
History
Research subject
Historical Studies; Baltic and East European studies
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:sh:diva-33925 (URN)978-91-7797-081-1 (ISBN)978-91-7797-082-8 (ISBN)978-91-88663-29-0 (ISBN)
Public defence
2018-01-26, MA 624, Huddinge, 10:00 (English)
Opponent
Supervisors
Available from: 2017-12-18 Created: 2017-12-18 Last updated: 2017-12-18Bibliographically approved
Petrusenko, N. (2014). A Female Agent of Political Violence in Pre-Revolutionary Russia: Gendered Representations of Maria Spiridonova. Kaleidoscope: Journal of History of Culture, Science and Medicine, 9, 232-249
Open this publication in new window or tab >>A Female Agent of Political Violence in Pre-Revolutionary Russia: Gendered Representations of Maria Spiridonova
2014 (English)In: Kaleidoscope: Journal of History of Culture, Science and Medicine, ISSN 2062-2597, Vol. 9, p. 232-249Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

At the beginning of the twentieth century, the Russian authorities were facing serious problems because of systematic political terrorism, which was mostly connected to the activities of the Party of Socialists-Revolutionaries (the PSR). The most striking feature of that terrorism was that many of the terrorists were women – a feature that makes it justified to maintain that by taking part in political terrorism women entered the domains that in patriarchal societies were considered to be exclusively male: the domain of violence and the domain of politics. Such intrusion to the male territory was especially shocking for the traditional patriarchal society of pre-revolutionary Russia.Despite this striking feature however, systematic historical research on gendered representations of the Russian female terrorists at the beginning of the 20th century is still in short supply whereas in other academic disciplines portrayals of women as agents of political violence are a frequent topic in the research on contemporary terrorism. To help fill up this void, the purpose of the article is by using the case of Maria Spiridonova, the most famous female terrorist in pre-revolutionary Russia, to see whether the conclusions made by non-historians about gendered representations of contemporary female terrorists can be used for historical research in order to identify eventual distortions in the representations of violent female agency in the past and, thus, obtain deeper knowledge about gender order in historical perspective

Keywords
terrorism, Russian women, Maria Spiridonova, agency, gendered representations
National Category
History Gender Studies
Research subject
Historical Studies; Baltic and East European studies
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:sh:diva-25799 (URN)10.17107/KH.2014.9.232-249 (DOI)
Available from: 2015-01-12 Created: 2015-01-12 Last updated: 2017-01-23Bibliographically approved
Petrusenko, N., Petö, A. & Pachuku, M. (2014). Militarized Gendered Political Agencies in a Historical Perspective. Kaleidoscope: Journal of History of Culture, Science and Medicine, 9, 153-158
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Militarized Gendered Political Agencies in a Historical Perspective
2014 (English)In: Kaleidoscope: Journal of History of Culture, Science and Medicine, ISSN 2062-2597, Vol. 9, p. 153-158Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Keywords
Gender, agency, political violence, identities, Eastern Europe, Russia
National Category
History Gender Studies
Research subject
Historical Studies
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:sh:diva-25800 (URN)10.17107/KH.2014.9.153-157 (DOI)
Available from: 2015-01-12 Created: 2015-01-12 Last updated: 2015-01-30Bibliographically approved
Gradskova, Y., Sandomirskaja, I. & Petrusenko, N. (2013). Pussy Riot: Reflections On Receptions: Some Questions Concerning Public Reactions in Russia to the Pussy Riot’s Intervention and Trial. Baltic Worlds, 6(1), 56
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Pussy Riot: Reflections On Receptions: Some Questions Concerning Public Reactions in Russia to the Pussy Riot’s Intervention and Trial
2013 (English)In: Baltic Worlds, ISSN 2000-2955, Vol. 6, no 1, p. 56-Article in journal (Refereed) Published
National Category
History Arts Social Sciences
Research subject
Baltic and East European studies
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:sh:diva-18708 (URN)
Available from: 2013-04-04 Created: 2013-04-04 Last updated: 2017-12-06Bibliographically approved
Azarian, R. & Petrusenko, N. (2011). Historical Comparison Re-considered. Asian Social Science, 7(8), 35-48
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Historical Comparison Re-considered
2011 (English)In: Asian Social Science, ISSN 1911-2017, E-ISSN 1911-2025, Vol. 7, no 8, p. 35-48Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Comparative analysis is a mode of research, that due to its outstanding merits is widely used within many fields of scientific inquiry. Focusing on its application in historical research, this article aims to contribute to a more systematic discussion of some of the methodological strategies associated with this mode of analysis. For this purpose, this article presents first a few typologies regarding the functions and leverages of comparative analysis. In the next step different styles in which comparative method is applied are exemplified, with especial attention paid to the comparative studies of large-scale, macro-level societal changes. This article ends then with a critical discussion of the potentials and limitations of comparison as a methodological strategy of generating historical generalisations.

Keywords
Comparative analysis, historical research
National Category
History
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:sh:diva-15201 (URN)10.5539/ass.v7n8p35 (DOI)2-s2.0-84858208550 (Scopus ID)
Available from: 2012-01-31 Created: 2012-01-31 Last updated: 2017-12-08Bibliographically approved
Petrusenko, N. (2011). Women in the World of Gender Stereotypes: The Case of the Russian Female Terrorists at the Beginning of the 20th Century. International Journal of Humanities and Social Science, 1(4), 135-146
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Women in the World of Gender Stereotypes: The Case of the Russian Female Terrorists at the Beginning of the 20th Century
2011 (English)In: International Journal of Humanities and Social Science, ISSN 2220-8488, E-ISSN 2221-0989, Vol. 1, no 4, p. 135-146Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Many contemporary researchers of female violence claim that gender stereotypes dominate works about militant women. The purpose of this paper is to analyze the historical works about the Russian female terrorists in order to find out whether those stereotypes influence its contents and the scholars’ conclusions. Typology of the gender stereotypes that exist in the works about women terrorists is constructed in the article and used for the analysis of the historical literature. The article is concluded with the discussion about what is to be done in order to avoid the gender stereotypes and write a new balanced research on the topic.

Keywords
Russia, Terrorism, Gender, Stereotypes, Historiography, Female Militancy, Russian Revolution, Russian Women
National Category
History
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:sh:diva-15205 (URN)
Available from: 2012-01-31 Created: 2012-01-31 Last updated: 2017-12-08Bibliographically approved
Petrusenko, N. (2010). Undervisning om rysk historia i Sverige: Vad påverkar en kurs innehåll?. In: Burman, Anders, Ana Graviz, Johan Rönnby (Ed.), Tradition och praxis i högre utbildning: Tolv ämnesdidaktiska studier (pp. 211-221). Huddinge: Södertörns högskola
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Undervisning om rysk historia i Sverige: Vad påverkar en kurs innehåll?
2010 (Swedish)In: Tradition och praxis i högre utbildning: Tolv ämnesdidaktiska studier / [ed] Burman, Anders, Ana Graviz, Johan Rönnby, Huddinge: Södertörns högskola , 2010, p. 211-221Chapter in book (Other academic)
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Huddinge: Södertörns högskola, 2010
Series
Södertörn Studies in Higher Education ; 1
National Category
Didactics
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:sh:diva-13639 (URN)978-91-86069-19-3 (ISBN)
Available from: 2011-12-03 Created: 2011-12-03 Last updated: 2014-10-21Bibliographically approved
Petrusenko, N. (2005). Мифология русской монархии в публичных выступлениях кадетов в 1905-1907 гг. и накануне Февральской революции. In: А. П. Логунов (отв. ред.), Л. Г. Березовая, К. А. Соловьев (Ed.), Революционаризм в России: символы и цвета революции : 100-летию первой русской революции посвящается : сборник статей (pp. 75-87). Moskva: RGGU
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Мифология русской монархии в публичных выступлениях кадетов в 1905-1907 гг. и накануне Февральской революции
2005 (Russian)In: Революционаризм в России: символы и цвета революции : 100-летию первой русской революции посвящается : сборник статей / [ed] А. П. Логунов (отв. ред.), Л. Г. Березовая, К. А. Соловьев, Moskva: RGGU , 2005, p. 75-87Conference paper, Published paper (Refereed)
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Moskva: RGGU, 2005
National Category
History
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:sh:diva-15209 (URN)
Available from: 2012-01-31 Created: 2012-01-31 Last updated: 2012-06-07Bibliographically approved
Petrusenko, N. (2005). Публичная деятельность кадетов-депутатов IV Государственной думы по формированию общественного мнения России (1914-1917): Автореферат диссертации на соискание учёной степени кандидата исторических наук. (1ed.). Moskva: [Рос. гос. гуманитар. ун-т]
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Публичная деятельность кадетов-депутатов IV Государственной думы по формированию общественного мнения России (1914-1917): Автореферат диссертации на соискание учёной степени кандидата исторических наук.
2005 (Russian)Book (Refereed)
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Moskva: [Рос. гос. гуманитар. ун-т], 2005. p. 23 Edition: 1
Keywords
Russia, State Duma, Kadet Party
National Category
History
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:sh:diva-15197 (URN)
Available from: 2012-01-31 Created: 2012-01-31 Last updated: 2012-06-07Bibliographically approved
Petrusenko, N. (2004). Формирование массового сознания России в годы Первой мировой войны: образ императрицы Александры Фёдоровны (1ed.). In: Логунов А.П. (Ed.), Массовое сознание и массовая культура в России: История и современность: Сборник статей (pp. 45-52). Moskva: RGGU
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Формирование массового сознания России в годы Первой мировой войны: образ императрицы Александры Фёдоровны
2004 (Russian)In: Массовое сознание и массовая культура в России: История и современность: Сборник статей / [ed] Логунов А.П., Moskva: RGGU , 2004, 1, p. 45-52Chapter in book (Refereed)
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Moskva: RGGU, 2004 Edition: 1
National Category
History
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:sh:diva-15213 (URN)
Available from: 2012-01-31 Created: 2012-01-31 Last updated: 2012-06-07Bibliographically approved
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