Scientific section. Literary criticism

Spatial Construction of Islands in Jean Rhys’s «Wide Sargasso Sea»

The paper focuses on spatial construction in Jean Rhys’s «Wide Sargasso Sea», namely, on the opposition of the tropical Caribbean islands and England as two island spaces contributing to the development of the central psychological conflict of the novel, to heroes’ characterization.

Romance Tradition in Bulat Okudzhava’s Poetry: Poetics of «Vanka Morozov»

The poetic song of Bulat Okudzhava «Vanka Morozov» is regarded as an early manifestation of the poet’s self-determination in the context of the romance tradition. Juxtapositions with the genre thought to be the source of the poem (urban romance), with the parody and stylization of romance in the literature of the XXth century are given. The genesis of the key images and motives is traced. A new interpretation of the romance poetics transformation in Okudzhava’s poetry is offered.

«Aviation» Cycle by O. Mandelstam: to the Problem of Context and Interpretation

The article regards O. Mandelstam’s poems published as a cycle only in the magazines of 1920s. The analysis of the cycle composition helps to supplement the picture of the co-existence of utopian and apocalyptic moments in the creative consciousness of Mandelstam in the beginning of 1920s.

«Odyssey’s Return» and «Prodigal Son» by N. Gumilev as a Poetic Dilogy

The article considers the formation of the Acmeist concept of creativity under the influence of the interaction of antique and Christian traditions on the material of two of N. S. Gumilev’s poems. These traditions have been poetically personified in the reconstruction of the return myths most renowned in the world culture.

The Motive of the Bewitched Place in Little Russia Cycles by N. V. Gogol: from Descriptions to Searching for the Original Cause

In the article Gogol’s «Evenings on a Farm Near Dikanka» and «Mirgorod» are studied in terms of the interaction and development of two motives – the motive of the bewitched place and the motive of strange transformations. From this point of view the cycles’ consecutive ideological correlation to «Arabesques» is also outlined.

Waiting for Game. To the Question of the XIXth Century Russian Drama Poetics

The article studies the motif of waiting for game situation that often occurs in the story-line of the XIXth century Russian comedies, gives ground for its essential importance for the plot-building and creating the characters of the plays, points to the connection of this intertextual situation with the reality of the Russian society, its social, moral and psychological climate.

Transformation of Olfactory Motive of «Heavenly Fragrance» in Aesthetic Creativity Literature

The article represents the study of a persistent motive of garden fragrance in the Russian literature («heavenly fragrance») during the development of aesthetic creativity literature (its post-romantic period, according to V. I. Tyupa). The author shows the change of the olfactory motive semantic content.

Poetics of Rewriting in Thomas de Quincey’s Novel «Confessions of the English Opium-Eater»

This article proposes a new approach to the poetics of Thomas de Quincey’s «Confessions of the English Opium-Eater» through trace notion coined by Jacque Derrida. Confessional self-understanding in the novel is asserted in rewriting (rereading) of traces in the personal palimpsest of fate.

Две модели галантности в «Мемуарах» Бюсси-Рабютена

В статье рассматривается отражение специфического для французской культуры XVII в. феномена галантности в «Мемуарах» Бюсси-Рабютена, одного из блестящих представителей этой эпохи.

Nothing Ventured Nothing Gained: on the Acts of Christian Missionaries in the Works by Epiphanius the Wise and Nikolai Leskov («The Life of Stephan of Perm» and «On the Edge of the World»)

The article is dedicated to the analysis of the category of spiritual and physical «risk» in the works of the Russian writers of different epochs – from the medieval «life» to the XIXth century novel. They are united by the analysis of the inner state and outward dangers awaiting the missionaries of the Christian faith among pagans.