Women’s literature and theatre

This post features Russian women’s literature which has been translated into English.

Given the great number of Russian literary sources translated into English, please restrict suggestions to those items available at or through the UMW library or on open-source websites.

For Non-Fiction works by authors (such as letters or memoirs), or their friends and families, please visit the post on Memoirs.


Kelly, Catriona, ed. An Anthology of Russian Women’s Writing, 1777-1992. Oxford: Oxford UP, 1994. PG3213.A57 1994

Pachmuss, Temira, ed. Women Writers in Russian Modernism: An Anthology. Urbana: University of Illinois Press, 1978. PG3213 .W6


Akhmadulina, Bella. Fever & Other New Poems. New York: W. Morrow, 1969. PG3478.K45A23

Akhmatova, Anna Andreevna. Poems of Akhmatova. Boston: Little, Brown, 1973. PG3476.A324A24 1973

Akhmatova, Anna Andreevna. The Complete Poems of Anna Akhmatova. Somerville: Zephyr Press, 1990. PG3476.A324A24 1990

Akhmatova, Anna Andreevna. Selected Poems by Anna Akhmatova. London: Oxford UP, 1969. PG3476.A324A25 1969

Akhmatova, Anna Andreevna. A Poem Without a Hero. Ann Arbor: Ardis, 1973. PG3476.A324P613 1973

Akhmatova, Anna Andreevna. Way of all the Earth. Athens: Ohio UP, 1979. PG3476.A324W3 1979b

Akhmatova, Anna Andreevna. In a Shattered Mirror: The Later Poetry of Anna Akhmatova. Stanford: Stanford UP, 1992. PG3476.A324Z535 1992

Campbell, David, and Rosemary Dobson. Seven Russian Poets: Imitations. St. Lucia: University of Queensland Press, 1979. PG3237.E5S47

Feinstein, Elaine, comp. Three Russian Poets: Margarita Aliger, Yunna Mortiz, Bella Akhmadulina. Manchester: Carcanet, 1979. PG 3235.W6 T4713

Field, Andrew, ed. Pages from Tarusa: New Voices in Russian Writing. Boston: Little, Brown, 1964. PG3213.T3

Hayward, Max, and Albert Todd, ed. Twentieth Century Russian Poetry: Silver and Steel: An Anthology. New York: Doubleday, 1993. PG3237 .E5 T85 1993

Ivanovskaya, Adriadna, and Ninas Kupriyanova. Soviet Russian Poetry of the 1950’s-1970’s. Moscow: Progress, 1981. PG3237.E5 S66 1981

Kayden, Eugene, trans. Russian Poems. Boulder: Colorado Quarterly, 1979. PG3237.E5A7

Ratushinskaya, Irina. Beyond the Limit: Poems. Evanston: Northwestern University Press, 1987. PG3485.5.A875A6 1987

Tsvetaeva, Marina. Selected Poems. Oxford: Oxford UP, 1981. PG3476.T75A23 1981

Tsevtaeva, Marina. The Demesne of the Swans. Ann Arbor: Ardis, 1980. PG3476.T75L413 1980

Yarmolinsky, Avrahm A. A Treasury of Russian Verse. New York: Macmillan Co, 1949. PG3237.E5Y3

Short Story

Akhmatova, Anna Andreevna. My Half Century: Selected Prose. Ann Arbor: Ardis, 1992. PG3476.A324A26 1992

Andrew, Joe, trans. Russian Women’s Shorter Fiction: An Anthology, 1835-1860. Oxford; New York: Oxford University Press, 1996. PG3286.R94 1996.

Brown, Clarence. The Portable Twentieth-Century Russian Reader. New York: Penguin, 1985. PG3213.P67 1985b

Field, Andrew, ed. Pages from Tarusa: New Voices in Russian Writing. Boston: Little, Brown, 1964. PG3213.T3

Gessen, Masha, ed. Half a Revolution: Contemporary Fiction by Russian Women. Pittsburgh: Cleis Press, 1995. PG3286.H35 1995

Goscilo, Helena, ed. Balancing Acts: Contemporary Stories by Russian Women. Bloomington: Indiana University Press, 1989. PG3286.B25 1989

Tolstaya, Tatyana. On the Golden Porch. New York: Knopf, 1989. PG3476.T58N313 1989

Tsevtaeva, Marina. A Captive Spirit: Selected Prose. Ann Arbor: Ardis, 1980. PG3476.T75A25 1980


Berberova, Nina. The Italics are Mine. New York: Harcourt, Brace & World, 1969. PG3476.B425Z513

Chukovskaya, Lydia. Sofia Petrovna. Evanston: Northwestern UP, 1988. PG3476.C485O6713 1988

Kollontai, Alexandra. A Great Love. London: Virago, 1981. PG3476.K58A6 1981

Kollontai, Alexandra. Red Love. Westport: Hyperion Press, 1973. PG3476.K58R42 1973

Nagrodskaia, Evdokia. The Wrath of Dionysys: A Novel. Bloomington: Indiana UP, 1997. PG3467.N22G513 1997

Panova, Vera. Looking Ahead. Moscow: Foreign Languages Publishing House, 1950. PG3476.P255K7131950z

Panova, Vera. A Summer to Remember to Remember. New York: T. Yoseloff, 1965. PG3476.P255S413 1965

Pavlova, Karolina. A Double Life. Ann Arbor: Ardis, 1978. PG3337.P35D9213x 1978

Shaginian, Marietta. Mess-mend, Yankees in Petrograd. Ann Arbor: Ardis, 1991. PG3476.S437M413 1991

Verbitskaya, Anastasya. Keys to Happiness: A Novel. Bloomington: Indiana University Press, 1999. PG3470.V4K413 1999

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