Scientific section. Literary criticism

Rumours in the Russian Traditional Proverbs and Sayings

The article deals with the semantic range of the «rumours» concept based on the Russian proverbs and sayings, collected by V. I. Dal and I. M. Snegiryov: the features, structure and content of rumours are analyzed. The subjects and objects of rumours are investigated. Also the connection between the «rumours» and «fame» is revealed.

«An Eye for Risk»: Thomas Cromwell in Hilary Mantel’s historical novels

The figure of Thomas Cromwell in the first two parts of Hilary Mantel’s trilogy is seen as the embodiment of the idea of efficient risk control. Cromwell’s evolution from the value system of the rising bourgeoisie towards old feudal ways is traced; Mantel’s mastery in psychological characterization analyzed.

Factors of Ambiguity and Risk in the Professional Activity of Russian Journalists in the Second Part of XIX Century

The article considers the conditions of the journalists’ work which form the situations of ambiguity and risk in their professional activity: the interference of censorship, relationships with censors and other authority representatives. The attention is given to the journalists’ attempts to influence the process of preparation of Censorial Regulations of 1862.

Semantic Horizons of «Risk» Notion in the Russian National and Cultural Tradition

The analysis of the semantic limits of the popular notion of ‘risk’ demonstrates that in the Russian national and cultural tradition risk is the sign of meaningless and hopeless recklessness, and at the same time, the sign of unbridled energy and power. To feel risk means to outwardly carelessly anticipate imminent danger and to ultimately concentrate the efforts of will related to overcoming the sweeping disaster.

Mythologization of the Soviet Intelligentsia in the Short Stories by Tatyana Tolstaya

The article reveals the problem of creating the image of the author in the stories by T. Tolstaya by means of comparing it to the images of the intellectuals of the Stagnation Era, the main characters of the book of stories «Okkervil River». With the help of such techniques as fabulousness, citation and internal spiritual belonging to the intelligentsia author creates a mythology of the Soviet intelligentsia. The main feature of this mythology is decadent humility and desacralization.

Narrative Structure of «Napoleon» by E. Ludwig

The article is dedicated to eliciting genre characteristics of E. Ludwig’s biography «Napoleon» through considering the features of its narrative structure.

Polysemanticism of Velimir Khlebnikov’s Short Stories («Highlanders»)

This article considers the peculiarities of V. Khlebnikov’s short stories, revealed on the example of his story «Highlanders» in the context of his historical and philosophical views and successive connections with the Russian classical literature.

Lyrical Triptych «Petropolis» by O. E. Mandelstam: Textual Criticism and Poetics

The article focuses on one of the little-researched author’s edition of a cycle of poems «Petropolis» and shows that in the form of a triptych it has an inherent artistic value. The analysis demonstrates the birth process of the individual poetic myth and the synthesis of various levels of meaning.

«It’s a Family Affair – we’ll Settle it Ourselves» Ostrovsky and «Tartyuf or the Deceiver» Moliere: Dramatic Nature of Action, Characters

In the given article the genre comparative typological analysis of the two satirical masterpieces – the French and Russian classical literature, is carried out. Similarities and distinctions on the basis of the analysis of dynamics of the plot and character logical lines according to Classicism (Moliere) and Realism poetics (Ostrovsky) come to light.

A. F. Pisemskiy as a Critic. the Article on the «Hidden Rock» by M. V. Avdeev and Pisemskiy’s Views on the «Woman Question»

In the article Pisemskiy’s attitude to women’s emancipation, considered by his contemporaries as one of the central topics of his creative works, is analyzed as part and parcel of artistic images and critical declarations.