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A.K. 47 - Selections from the Works of Alexandra Kollontai

Kristen R. Ghodsee

Kristen R. Ghodsee reads and discusses 47 selections from the works of Alexandra Kollontai (1872-1952), a socialist women's activist who had radical ideas about the intersections of socialism and women's emancipation. Born into aristocratic privilege, the Russian Kollontai was initially a member of the Mensheviks before she joined Lenin and the Bolsheviks and became an important revolutionary figure during the 1917 Russian Revolution. Kollontai was a socialist theorist of women’s emancipation and a strident proponent of sexual relations freed from all economic considerations. After the October Revolution, Kollontai became the Commissar of Social Welfare and helped to found the Zhenotdel (the women's section of the Party). She oversaw a wide variety of legal reforms and public policies to help liberate working women and to create the basis of a new socialist sexual morality. But Russians were not ready for her vision of emancipation, and she was sent away to Norway to serve as the first Russian female ambassador (and only the third female ambassador in the world).In this podcast, Kristen R. Ghodsee – a professor of Russian and East European Studies at the University of Pennsylvania and the author of Why Women Have Better Sex Under Socialism: And Other Arguments for Economic Independence (Bold Type Books 2018) – selects excerpts from the essays, speeches, and fiction of Alexandra Kollontai and puts them in context. Each episode provides an introduction to the abridged reading with some relevant background on Kollontai and the historical moment in which she was writing.
Episodes
98 - A.K. 47 - Bonus Episode - Celebrating the Third Year Anniversary of the PodcastJanuary 20, 2022 Episode artwork 97 - A.K. 47 - Bonus Episode - 100 Years of Kollontai's Work in Yugoslavia and SerbiaDecember 29, 2021 Episode artwork 96 - A.K. 47 - New Woman - Part 5December 15, 2021 Episode artwork 95 - A.K. 47 - New Woman - Part 4December 07, 2021 Episode artwork 94 - A.K. 47 - Self-Indulgent Bonus Episode of Doom - Mycenaeans, Cancer, and the Omicron VariantNovember 29, 2021 Episode artwork 93 - A.K. 47 - New Woman - Part 3November 20, 2021 Episode artwork 92 - A.K. 47 - New Woman - Part 2 November 12, 2021 Episode artwork 91 - A.K. 47 - New Woman - Part 1November 04, 2021 Episode artwork 90 - A.K. 47 - Working Woman and Mother - Part 3October 14, 2021 Episode artwork 89 - A.K. 47 - Bonus Episode - Interview with Rebecca Amsellem in Paris, FranceOctober 05, 2021 Episode artwork 88 - A.K. 47 - Working Woman and Mother Part 2August 31, 2021 Episode artwork 87 - A.K. 47 - Working Woman and Mother - Part 1August 26, 2021 Episode artwork 86 - A.K. 47 - Bonus Episode - Louise Bryant on Alexandra Kollontai, 1923July 22, 2021 Episode artwork 85 - A.K. 47 - Bonus Episode - Was Kollontai Bi?July 13, 2021 Episode artwork 84 - A.K. 47 - The War and Our Immediate TasksJuly 06, 2021 Episode artwork 83 - A.K. 47 - Bonus Episode - Emma Goldman and Alexandra KollontaiMay 30, 2021 Episode artwork 82 - A.K. 47 - Bonus Episode - Review of Kollontai: A Play by Agneta PleijelMay 24, 2021 Episode artwork 81 - A.K. 47 - A Letter to a Young Comrade - Part 3May 04, 2021 Episode artwork 80 - A.K. 47 - A Letter to a Young Comrade - Part 2April 07, 2021 Episode artwork 79 - A.K. 47 - A Letter to a Young Comrade - Part 1March 25, 2021 Episode artwork 78- A.K. 47 - International Women's Day - Part 2March 08, 2021 Episode artwork 77 - A.K. 47 - International Women's Day - Part 1March 01, 2021 Episode artwork 76 - A.K. 47 - Love and the New Morality (Excerpt) and Valentine's Day RantFebruary 14, 2021 Episode artwork 75 - A.K. 47 - Bonus Episode - What Would Kollontai Think of Bridgerton?February 01, 2021 Episode artwork 74 - A.K. 47 - Our Tasks (and shout out to the K-Pop stans)January 22, 2021 Episode artwork