Vladimir Odoevsky, Kniazhna Zizi [Princess Zizi]

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Odoevsky’s concern with female education, observable in a number of his works, would appear to demonstrate that he, perhaps unusually progressively for a male writer of the 1830s in Russia, favoured a more positive alternative. His second important society-tale novella of the 1830s,

Kniazhna Zizi


Princess Zizi

], was written in 1836, just in time to gain the approval of Pushkin for likely publication in



The Contemporary

]), but in fact published only in 1839 in the journal

Otechestvennye zapiski


Notes of the Fatherland

]. In this work, more convoluted plot-wise than its earlier sister-tale

Kniazhna Mimi


Princess Mimi

, 1834], and again experimental in terms of narrative presentation, Odoevsky provides a variant depiction of the unmarried woman.

Less schematic than Princess

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Citation: Cornwell, Neil. "Kniazhna Zizi". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 21 November 2009 [https://www.litencyc.com/php/sworks.php?rec=true&UID=16241, accessed 22 June 2024.]

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