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

Jun 29 2020 17 mins 274

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.





60 - A.K. 47 - Bonus Episode - A discussion of Red Love, Hype Beasts, and Feminism with an 18-year-old
Jun 29 2020 20 mins  
A brief meta-reflection on the 1927 English translation of Alexandra Kollontai's 1923 novella, Red Love. Kristen R. Ghodsee pauses in her reading to discuss relationships, Hype Beasts, capitalism, and feminism with her 18-year-old daughter. Mentioned is...


59 - A.K. 47 - Red Love - Chapter 2.2
Jun 22 2020 20 mins  
Kristen R. Ghodsee reads part 2 of Chapter Two of the 1927 English translation of Alexandra Kollontai's 1923 novella, Red Love.


58 - A.K. 47 - Red Love - Chapter 2.1
Jun 15 2020 21 mins  
Kristen R. Ghodsee reads part one of Chapter Two of the 1927 English translation of Alexandra Kollontai's 1923 novella, Red Love.Mentioned in this episode are the following books:Amis, B.D. African American Radical: A Short Anthology of Writings and...



57 - A.K. 47 - Red Love: Chapter 1
May 30 2020 20 mins  
Kristen R. Ghodsee reads Chapter One of the 1927 English translation of Alexandra Kollontai's 1923 novella, Red Love.


56 - A.K. 47 - Red Love: Introduction
May 24 2020 18 mins  
Kristen R. Ghodsee introduces Alexandra Kollontai's 1923 novella, Red Love (full text available at marxists.org) and reads the Foreword to the 1927 English language edition.


55 - Bonus Episode - On Kollontai and Turning Fifty
Apr 26 2020 26 mins  
In this episode, Kristen Ghodsee reads a passage from Cathy Porter's excellent biography of Alexandra Kollontai about the events of the year 1922 when Kollontai turned 50. Her standing in the Party was at its worst and her marriage to Dubenko was...


54 - A.K. 47 - Sisters Part III
Apr 17 2020 20 mins  
In this episode Kristen Ghodsee reads the third and final part of Alexandra Kollontai's 1923 short story, "Sisters." The "Nepmen" in the story are Soviet revolutionaries that take advantage of Lenin's New Economic Policy (NEP) to get rich and return to...


53 - A.K. 47 - Sisters Part II
Apr 10 2020 18 mins  
In this episode Kristen Ghodsee reads the second part of Alexandra Kollontai's 1923 short story, "Sisters." The "Nepmen" in the story are Soviet revolutionaries that take advantage of Lenin's New Economic Policy (NEP) to get rich and return to...


52 - A.K. 47 - Sisters Part I
Apr 01 2020 19 mins  
In this episode Kristen Ghodsee reflects on the coronavirus and begins to read Alexandra Kollontai's 1923 short story, "Sisters." Mentioned in this episode are the $2.99 e-book sale for the entire month of April for Why Women Have Better Sex Under...


51 - A.K. 47 - Bonus Episode - Post-IWD Greetings from Wellington, New Zealand
Mar 10 2020 8 mins  
In this episode, Kristen Ghodsee send greetings from New Zealand and shares some exciting news about various articles and interviews that were published in conjunction with International Women's Day and Women's History Month. Please find below a list of...


50 - A.K. 47 Bonus Episode - International Women's Day 2020
Mar 08 2020 16 mins  
In this episode, Kristen Ghodsee recounts the amazing story of how Alexandra Kollontai saved the lives of one of her colleague's parents in Sweden. After the Nazi invasion of Norway in 1940, Hans Cerf and his wife needed to immediately get out of Europe...


48 - A.K. 47 - The Loves of Three Generations Discussion II
Mar 01 2020 17 mins  
In this episode, Kristen Ghodsee discusses the fraught historical relationship between left movements and women's emancipation. As the case of Kollontai shows us, revolutionary men do not always remain committed to women's issues after the revolution...


47 - A.K. 47 - The Loves of Three Generations Discussion I
Feb 14 2020 18 mins  
In this episode, Kristen R. Ghodsee discusses Alexandra Kollontai's 1923 short story, "The Loves of Three Generations," her most controversial piece of fiction and one that caused her terrible amounts of trouble with her Bolshevik colleagues. This story...



46 - A.K. 47 - The Loves of Three Generations Part V
Feb 08 2020 18 mins  
In this episode, Kristen R. Ghodsee reads the final part of Alexandra Kollontai's 1923 short story, "The Loves of Three Generations," her most controversial piece of fiction and one that caused her terrible amounts of trouble with her Bolshevik...


45 - A.K. 47 - The Loves of Three Generations Part IV
Jan 30 2020 18 mins  
In this episode, Kristen R. Ghodsee reads the fourth part of Alexandra Kollontai's 1923 short story, "The Loves of Three Generations," her most controversial piece of fiction and one that caused her terrible amounts of trouble with her Bolshevik colleagues.


44 - A.K. 47 - The Loves of Three Generations Part III
Jan 24 2020 18 mins  
In this episode, Kristen R. Ghodsee reads the third part of Alexandra Kollontai's 1923 short story, "The Loves of Three Generations," her most controversial piece of fiction and one that caused her terrible amounts of trouble with her Bolshevik colleagues.


43 - A.K. 47 - The Loves of Three Generations Part II
Jan 07 2020 18 mins  
In this episode, Kristen R. Ghodsee reads the second part of Alexandra Kollontai's 1923 short story, "The Loves of Three Generations," her most controversial piece of fiction and one that caused her terrible amounts of trouble with her Bolshevik colleagues.


42 - A.K. 47 - The Loves of Three Generations Part I
Dec 25 2019 17 mins  
In this episode, Kristen R. Ghodsee reads the first part of Alexandra Kollontai's 1923 short story, "The Loves of Three Generations," her most controversial piece of fiction and one that caused her terrible amounts of trouble with her Bolshevik colleagues.


41 - A.K. 47 - Bonus Episode - A Conversation about Kollontai with Angelina Eimannsberger
Dec 13 2019 17 mins  
In this bonus episode, Kristen Ghodsee speaks once again with Angelina Eimannsberger, a doctoral student in Comparative Literature at the University of Pennsylvania, about Alexandra Kollontai and the usefulness of her theories today, particularly with regard to popular culture.


40 - A.K. 47 - Soon (In 48 Years Time)
Nov 29 2019 17 mins  
In this episode, Kristen Ghodsee reads Alexandra Kollontai's short story, "Soon (In 48 years time)," written in 1922 about her imagination of the future of the Soviet Union.


39 - A.K. 47 - Theses on Communist Morality in the Sphere of Marital Relations III
Nov 18 2019 16 mins  
Kristen R. Ghodsee reads and discusses part three of Alexandra Kollontai's 1921 essay, "Theses on Communist Morality in the Sphere of Marital Relations."


38 - A.K. 47 - Theses on Communist Morality in the Sphere of Marital Relations II
Nov 09 2019 16 mins  
Kristen R. Ghodsee reads and discusses part two of Alexandra Kollontai's 1921 essay, "Theses on Communist Morality in the Sphere of Marital Relations."


37 - A.K. 47 - Theses on Communist Morality in the Sphere of Marital Relations I
Oct 31 2019 16 mins  
Kristen R. Ghodsee reads and discusses part one of Alexandra Kollontai's 1921 essay, "Theses on Communist Morality in the Sphere of Marital Relations."



36 - A.K. 47 - Autobiography of a Sexually Emancipated Communist Woman - Discussion II
Oct 28 2019 17 mins  
In this episode, Kristen Ghodsee gives some more context to Alexandra Kollontai's life by reading from the texts of two women who knew her personally: the American Louise Bryant and the Spaniard Isabel de Palencia.


35 - A.K. 47 - Autobiography of a Sexually Emancipated Communist Woman - Discussion I
Oct 20 2019 17 mins  
In this episode, Kristen Ghodsee discusses the title and content of Alexandra Kollontai's 1926 book, The Autobiography of a Sexually Emancipated Communist Woman.


34 - A.K. 47 - Autobiography of a Sexually Emancipated Communist Woman VII
Oct 11 2019 16 mins  
Kristen Ghodsee reads the final section of Alexandra Kollontai's 1926 memoir, The Autobiography of a Sexually Emancipated Communist Woman, where Kollontai speaks about her work during and after the Civil War and the beginning of her diplomatic career in Norway.


33 - A.K. 47 - Autobiography of a Sexually Emancipated Communist Woman VI
Oct 05 2019 16 mins  
n this sixth episode of Season Two, Kristen Ghodsee reads Part VI of Alexandra Kollontai's 1926 memoir: The Autobiography of a Sexually Emancipated Communist Woman; in this portion of the memoir, Kollontai speaks about her work as Commissar of Social Welfare during the early years of the Soviet regime


32 - A.K. 47 - Autobiography of a Sexually Emancipated Communist Woman V
Sep 27 2019 16 mins  
In this fifth episode of Season Two, Kristen Ghodsee reads Part V of Alexandra Kollontai's 1926 memoir: The Autobiography of a Sexually Emancipated Communist Woman wherein Kollontai speaks about her work in New York and her return to Russia in March 1917.


31 - A.K. 47 - Autobiography of a Sexually Emancipated Communist Woman Part IV
Sep 20 2019 16 mins  
In this fourth episode of Season Two, Kristen Ghodsee reads Part IV of Alexandra Kollontai's 1926 memoir: The Autobiography of a Sexually Emancipated Communist Woman.


30 - A.K. 47 - Autobiography of a Sexually Emancipated Communist Woman Part III
Sep 14 2019 16 mins  
In this third episode of Season Two, Kristen Ghodsee reads Part III of Alexandra Kollontai's 1926 memoir: The Autobiography of a Sexually Emancipated Communist Woman.


29 - A.K. 47 - Autobiography of a Sexually Emancipated Communist Woman Part II
Sep 07 2019 16 mins  
In this second episode of Season Two, Kristen Ghodsee reads Part II of Alexandra Kollontai's 1926 memoir: The Autobiography of a Sexually Emancipated Communist Woman.


28 - A.K. 47 - Autobiography of a Sexually Emancipated Communist Woman Part I
Sep 02 2019 17 mins  
In this first episode of Season Two, Kristen Ghodsee reads part one of Alexandra Kollontai's 1926 memoir: The Autobiography of a Sexually Emancipated Communist Woman.


27 - A.K. 47 - The Social Basis of the Woman Question Part V
Aug 17 2019 18 mins  
In this episode, Kristen R. Ghodsee's reads the fifth and final part of her selections from Alexandra Kollontai's 1909 book, The Social Basis of the Woman Question.



26 - A.K. 47 - The Social Basis of the Woman Question Part IV
Aug 10 2019 18 mins  
In this episode, Kristen R. Ghodsee's reads the fourth part of her selections from Alexandra Kollontai's 1909 book, The Social Basis of the Woman Question.


25 - A.K. 47 - Bonus Episode: The "Adventure" of Motherhood
Jul 30 2019 22 mins  
In this episode, Kristen Ghodsee's teenage daughter returns to discuss some recent comments by a Canadian psychology professor who believes that women should embrace the "adventure of motherhood," even if it requires great sacrifice and ends in pain and suffering.


24 - A.K. 47 - The Social Basis of the Woman Question: Part III
Jul 08 2019 16 mins  
In this episode, Kristen R. Ghodsee's reads the third part of her selections from Alexandra Kollontai's 1909 book, The Social Basis of the Woman Question.


23 - A.K. 47 - The Social Basis of the Woman Question: Part II
Jun 28 2019 17 mins  
In this episode, Kristen R. Ghodsee's reads the second part of her selections from Alexandra Kollontai's 1909 book, The Social Basis of the Woman Question.


22 - A.K. 47 - The Social Basis of the Woman Question: Part I
Jun 22 2019 19 mins  
In this episode, Kristen R. Ghodsee's reads the first part of her selections from Alexandra Kollontai's 1909 book, The Social Basis of the Woman Question.


21 - A.K. 47 - Marriage and Everyday Life - Part II
Jun 14 2019 18 mins  
In this episode, Kristen R. Ghodsee reads further selections from Alexandra Kollontai's 1926 speech, “Marriage and Everyday Life.”


20 - A.K. 47 - Bonus Episode - Report from the Global Socialist Feminist Conference
Jun 08 2019 15 mins  
In this episode, Kristen Ghodsee speaks with Julia Mead about reading and discussing Kollontai at the Global Socialist Feminism symposium at the University of Michigan from June 1-3, 2019.


19 - A.K. 47 - Marriage and Everyday Life - Part I
Jun 01 2019 15 mins  
In this episode, Kristen R. Ghodsee reads selections from Kollontai's 1926 speech, “Marriage and Everyday Life.”


18 - A.K. 47 - Decree on Child Welfare
May 25 2019 16 mins  
In this episode, Kristen Ghodsee reads the “Decree on Social Welfare” from January 31, 1918, written by Alexandra Kollontai when she was the Commissar for Social Welfare in the first Bolshevik government.


17 - A.K. 47 - The Statue of Liberty
May 18 2019 16 mins  
Kristen Ghodsee reads and discusses Alexandra Kollontai's 1916 essay on seeing the Statue of Liberty in New York Harbor for the first time.



16 - A.K. 47 - Make Way for Winged Eros: Discussion III - Angelina Eimannsberger
May 11 2019 16 mins  
This is the second episode in a series of discussions that will feature Kristen R. Ghodsee with various guests reflecting on Alexandra Kollontai's 1923 essay: "Make Way for Winged Eros: A Letter to Working Youth."


15 - A.K. 47 - Make Way for Winged Eros: Discussion II - A 17-year-old High School Student
May 04 2019 16 mins  
This is the second episode in a series of discussions that will feature Kristen R. Ghodsee with various guests reflecting on Alexandra Kollontai's 1923 essay: "Make Way for Winged Eros: A Letter to Working Youth."


14 - A.K. 47 - Make Way for Winged Eros: Discussion I - Elisheva Levy
Apr 26 2019 16 mins  
Kristen R. Ghodsee discusses Alexandra Kollontai's "Make Way for Winged Eros" with the artist and Penn School of Design grad student, Elisheva Levy.


13 - A.K. 47 - Make Way for Winged Eros: A Letter to Working Youth, Part V
Apr 19 2019 17 mins  
This is the fifth episode in a series of episodes that will feature Kristen R. Ghodsee's reading and discussion of Alexandra Kollontai's 1923 essay: "Make Way for Winged Eros: A Letter to Working Youth."


12 - A.K. 47 - Make Way for Winged Eros: A Letter to Working Youth, Part IV
Apr 12 2019 16 mins  
This is the fourth episode in a series of episodes that will feature Kristen R. Ghodsee's reading and discussion of Alexandra Kollontai's 1923 essay: "Make Way for Winged Eros: A Letter to Working Youth."


11 - A.K. 47 - Make Way for Winged Eros: A Letter to Working Youth, Part III
Apr 05 2019 17 mins  
This is the third episode in a series of episodes that will feature Kristen R. Ghodsee's reading and discussion of Alexandra Kollontai's 1923 essay: "Make Way for Winged Eros: A Letter to Working Youth."


10 - A.K. 47 - Make Way for Winged Eros: A Letter to Working Youth, Part II
Mar 27 2019 16 mins  
This is the second episode in a series of episodes that will feature Kristen R. Ghodsee's reading and discussion of Alexandra Kollontai's 1922 essay: "Make Way for Winged Eros: A Letter to Working Youth."


9 - A.K. 47 - Make Way for Winged Eros: A Letter to Working Youth, Part I
Mar 21 2019 17 mins  
This is the first episode in a series that will feature Kristen R. Ghodsee's reading and discussion of Alexandra Kollontai's 1925 essay: "Make Way for Winged Eros: A Letter to Working Youth."


8 - A.K. 47 - Kollontai Speaks "To the Workers"
Mar 08 2019 14 mins  
Alexandra Kollontai speaks "to the workers" in Russian and Kristen Ghodsee provides an English translation and commentary


7 - A.K. 47 - What Has the October Revolution Done for Women in the West?
Mar 07 2019 14 mins  
Kristen Ghodsee reads selections from Alexandra Kollontai's 1927 essay: "What Had the October Revolution Done for Women in the West?"



6 - A.K. 47 - The Labour of Women in the Evolution of the Economy
Mar 06 2019 16 mins  
Kristen R. Ghodsee and Annie Finch discuss Alexandra Kollontai and abortion in the Soviet Union


5 - A.K. 47 - Sexual Relations and the Class Struggle
Feb 20 2019 14 mins  
Kristen R. Ghodsee reads selections from Alexandra Kollontai's 1921 essay, "Sexual Relations and the Class Struggle."


4 - A.K. 47 - Bonus Episode: A radical conversation with a 17-year-old
Feb 11 2019 16 mins  
In this episode, Kristen Ghodsee discusses the contemporary relevance of Alexandra Kollontai with her 17-year-old daughter.


3 - A.K. 47 - First International Socialist Women's Conference 1907
Feb 02 2019 14 mins  
Kristen Ghodsee reads a section of Alexandra Kollontai's report from the First International Socialist Women's Congress in Stuttgart, Germany in 1907


2 - A.K. 47 - Women's Day 1913
Jan 30 2019 14 mins  
Kristen Ghodsee reads selections from Alexandra Kollontai's 1913 article, "Women's Day"


1 - A.K. 47 - Two Minute Podcast Introduction
Jan 02 2019 1 mins  
A two-minute introduction to the A.K. 47 Podcast by Kristen R. Ghodsee: 47 Selections from the Works of Alexandra Kollontai.


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