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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
108 - A.K. 47 - Women Workers Struggle for their Rights - Part 6July 12, 2022 Episode artwork 107 - A.K. 47 - Women Workers Struggle for their Rights - Part 5July 05, 2022 Episode artwork 106 - A.K. 47 - Women Workers Struggle for their Rights - Part 4June 19, 2022 Episode artwork 105 - A.K. 47 - Women Workers Struggle for their Rights - Part 3June 08, 2022 Episode artwork 104 - A.K. 47 - Bonus Episode - The Leaked Supreme Court Opinion, Romania, and Kollontai on Abortion May 07, 2022 Episode artwork 103 - A.K. 47 - Women Workers Struggle for Their Rights - Part 2May 01, 2022 Episode artwork 102 - A.K. 47 - Women Workers Struggle for their Rights - Part 1April 23, 2022 Episode artwork 101 - A.K. 47 - Bonus Episode - Verticality versus HorizontalityMarch 29, 2022 Episode artwork 100 - A.K. 47 - The Third InternationalMarch 07, 2022 Episode artwork 99 - A.K. 47 - War and the International ProletariatMarch 03, 2022 Episode artwork 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 21, 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 05, 2021 Episode artwork