Scientific section. Literary criticism

Belles-lettres of the «Young Editorial Board» of the Moskvityanin Journal. The Novel by Ye. E. Driansky Odarka-Gaggle and the Novel by A. F. Pisemsky Slugger

The article considers the debut novels by A. F. Pisemsky and Ye. E. Driansky, which defined the development direction for the prose department of Moskvityanin journal during the ‘young editorial board’ time under the supervision of A. N. Ostrovskiy. Specific features of the individual styles of both writers and the closeness of their aesthetic positions to the program of the journal have been defined.

The Narrative Structure of Aesthetic Journalism Work

The article dwells on the problem of narrative structure in an aesthetic journalism work. The author proves that, contrary to the traditional views on the speech structure of aesthetic journalism, the narrator, the hero, and the author-creator of such works aesthetically do not correspond. The speech subject of aesthetic journalism is a special type of narrator, whose peculiarity is made up of the structurally manifested unmerging and inseparable bond with the author-creator.

Category of Genre in Contemporary Literary Studies

The article considers well-established approaches to genre as a category of literary studies; alternative approaches to its understanding are revealed, methodological principles of genre identity of historic and philosophy of history novels are defined.

To the Question of the Description of Russian Literary Historical Discourse of the Turn of the XX–XXI Centuries

The paper deals with modern literary historical discourse, its contents, boundaries, intentions, and genres. The material under study spans the works of Russian literature created in the late XX and early XXI century. The main tendencies of the discourse evolution are revealed and methods of its further investigation are suggested.

To the Problem of the City Image in Postmodern Literature

The image of the city often becomes a subject of literary studies. The article aims at expanding the issue of urbanism poetics and city influence in literature. The author investigates key aspects of the city as a socio-cultural phenomenon with the help of the works by Western and American urban theorists.

The Image of a Saint in Evelyn Waugh’s Helena

The article offers an analysis of the main character in Evelyn Waugh’s novel Helena as a representation of one of the key ideas for Catholic Waugh – the idea of a personal calling.

Vladimir Nabokov, the Author of Don Quixote

The article analyzes the metareflection on Cervantes’s Don Quixote in Nabokov’s Lectures, draws an analogy between Nabokov’s Despair, Pnin and Cervantes’s Don Quixote. Such a form of Nabokov’s literary criticism as playing Don Quixote is considered.

«Foolish for Myth’s Sake»: to the Problem of Personal and Creative Strategy of V. V. Rozanov

In the article the concept of «foolishness for Christ’s sake» is analyzed in the light of socio-cultural tendencies of the beginning of the XXth century. The legitimacy of regarding V. V. Rozanov as one the «foolish» of his time is established. The fact is that Rozanov’s «foolishness» was defined by a behavioural stereotype of the beginning of the XXth century culture according to which he «was creating» a personal myth.

Conflict Peculiarity in Oscar Wilde’s Drama Salomé

The article analyzes external and internal conflicts of Oscar Wilde’s drama Salom. The external conflict reveals Wilde’s idea of the destructive role of human infatuation. The internal conflict presents Wilde’s views connected with his ‘philosophy of the unreal’.

On the Unresolved Contradiction in the Reception of Plekhanov’s Heritage in Literary Studies

The article demonstrates on the material of the Soviet Plekhanov studies that the taxonomic problem of exact methodological definition of text interpretation is far from being solved. The absence of typology criteria for existing methods inevitably hinders the work of literary scholars and interferes with the proper systematization of the material.