Karin Sarsenov

(b.1968) is an assistant professor at the Institute for Eastern and Central European Studies at the University of Lund, Sweden.


Is it a sin to travel?

Itinerant women in post-Soviet narrative

The cultural construction of the journey as a narrative of masculine identity poses problems for the conceptualization of the female traveller in general and of the female Russian migrant in particular. Three contemporary prose pieces dealing with women’s migration reveal subtle and often sophisticated ways of playing with the stigmatization of Russian women as prostitutes and of destabilizing the patriotic discourse that outlaws women’s movement.

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