Scientific section. Literary criticism

A Spiritual Séance in British Literature of the Late XIXth – Early XXth Centuries

In this article we analyze the description of spiritual séances in the works of R. B rowning, J. Sheridan Le Fanu, F. Marryat and Arthur Conan Doyle. We also try to explain the frequency of occurrence of séances in the British literature of the late XIXth – early XXth centuries.

To the Problem of the Literary Critical Method of K. N. Leontiev

The article touches upon the socio-political and aesthetic views of K. N. Leontiev, the writer’s standpoint is shown as it is reflected in modern literary criticism. It is pointed out that modern research literature does not have a consistent theory of text interpretation metho

A. P. Chekhov’s Letters as the Focal Point of Different Text Types in the Way of Presentation

The author analyzes A. P. Chekhov’s letters from the point of view of literary editing theory as the examples of different text types in the way of presentation. Narration, description, reflection, definition and explanation are considered, and their features are identified.

Ranevskaya’s Love

The approaches to ‘thematic motives’ of F. M. Dostoevsky’s novel The Idiot outlined by A. P. Skaftymov in the 1920s unintentionally shed light on how the scientist comprehended the motives of love in A. P. Chekhov’s comedy The Cherry Orchard.

Collisions of ‘Light and Shadow’ in the Modern Russian Literature: Three Short Novels of 2015

The article considers collisions of ‘light and shadow’ in the modern Russian reality on the material of three Russian short novels of 2015.

Vladimir Sorokin’s ‘Anti-Literature’: the Reader as the Target for Trolling

The article is dedicated to the analysis of Vladimir Sorokin’s works of fiction created at the turn of the XX–XXI centuries. The key philological emphasis of the paper is the category of intratextual author and interactive potential of the works of literature created by this contradictory modern writer. The issues of the coexistence of different reader generations in the 1990s and the changes in the literary process of the specified period are given special attention to.

Speech Representation of the Gender Consciousness in the Modern ‘Female’ Prose

The article presents typological features of ‘feminine writing’ identified in the texts of modern women writers; methodological principles are set up for the identification of the gender element on the level of the work speech organization.

Text-forming Irony in Les Mots by J.-P. Sartre

The article considers the text-forming irony as a way to express philosophical ideas, as a psychotherapeutic tool, allowing the author to work out his negative experience and as a means of meta-reflection on the text in ‘Les Mots’ by J.-P. Sartre.

‘A Ray of Humanity’. To the Question of I. A. Goncharov and A. F. Koni’s Correspondence

The article considers one ideologeme of the turn of the XIX–XXth centuries that has been reflected in the correspondence between the writer I. A. Goncharov and the lawyer A. F. Koni. This idea is defined in the notion ‘humanity’. According to the opinion of the two authors of the epistolary under analysis this idea is equally important for both culture and legal procedure.

‘The Goddess of Light-Hearted Happiness’: Lidiya Cheboksarova’s Games

The article deals with the image of Lydia Cheboksarova, the heroine of the play by Alexander Ostrovsky Money to Burn, in the context of the implementation of the game motives in the text. The author focuses on behavioral strategies of the character, its world outlook, stylistic range.