Aleksandra Kollontaj was the first female minister in Russia, the first female ambassador in the world and the founder of the first communist feminist institution in 1918. Her political writings on the liberation of women from the traditional conception of their role in the family and in society as well as her political activity plaid a crucial role in the development of the Bolsheviks’ first legal attempts to liberate women from familiar and societal oppression. Through the female protagonists of her literary writings and her personal life as an autonomous, emancipated and free woman, she constituted role models for her female contemporaries. But did her influence find an end with Stalin’s conservative backlash concerning the foundations of the family and the related role of women? The aim of this dissertation is to analyse if and to which extent
Maddalena Comincini obtained Master’s degrees in 2013 in Slavic Studies from Ca’ Foscari University of Venice and in 2015 in Advanced International Studies from the Diplomatic Academy of Vienna. Since the end of 2015 she is working as an external researcher at the Austrian Academy of Sciences in Vienna and since September 2016 as office manager at the International Thomas Bernhard Society in Salzburg. She accomplished numerous internships, amongst others at the Austrian Embassy in Cairo and at the Embassy of Malta in Cairo.