Scientific section. Literary criticism

А. F. Pisemskiy’s Novel A Thousand Souls in Contemporaneous Critical Reviews

The article contains an overall systematic and comparative analysis of the critical reviews on A. F. Pisemsky’s novel A Thousand Souls in the contemporaneous printed media. The analysis is done from the following points: journal discussion of the type of Pisemsky’s talent, innovations in the image of the main character, and the novel problem range and its relation to the «accusatory literature» of the 1850s.

Karamzin’s Code in B. Okudzhava’s Novel A Date with Bonaparte. Article 1. Arina from the Maidservants’ Room

In two articles we propose to consider Karamzin’s reminiscences (predominantly from the novel Poor Liza) in the novel by B. Sh. Okudzhava A Date with Bonaparte. The first article is dedicated to the plot lines of the novel related to the image of the serf Arina. One of the most important historic problems of the novel is actualized in them (serfdom); they also contain links to the up-to-date issues of the relationships between the intelligentsia and the people, inner and outer freedom.

The Fantastic in The Tale of Igor’s Campaign Content

The article regards how the fantastic constituent is revealed on the plot, composition, and image levels of the text of The Tale of Igor’s Campaign.

P. G. Bogatyrev – a Fairy-tale Collector (the Expedition of 1914–1915)

Four expedition periods have been identified in the process of P. G. Bogatyrev collecting fairy-tales (in Moscow, Saratov, Arkhangelsk regions, in the Carpathian Rus’ and in the Carpathians). The history of the first one is traced on the basis of the archive materials (expedition records, minutes of the Society of Natural Science, Anthropology, and Ethnography at the Imperial Moscow University, folklore specialists’ reviews) and the publications of P. G. Bogatyrev and other scientists.

The Russian Literary Process of the XXIst Century: Zahar Prilepin and Tatуana Tolstaya «On the Ring» of Facebook

The Russian literary process of the XXIst century is influenced by the highly developed information technology; the works of literature and the authors’ statuses find a new embodiment in the sphere of social media instead of traditional publication forms. The article is dedicated to the controversial literary dialogue between Zahar Prilepin and Tatуana Tolstaya which took place «on the ring» of Facebook.

the Play The Rich Bride by I. Ilf, E. Petrov, V. Kataev: the Functions of the Play Poetics

The article studies the play poetics in I. Ilf, E. Petrov, V. Kataev’s play The Rich Bride. The role of the play is singled out on the level of character and action development, and the language strategies of the co-authors. The satirical (social and political) underlying message of the new time vaudeville is revealed, as well as the ambiguity in portraying the kolkhoz life of the 1930s in the play.

Unpublished Notebooks of M. M. Zoshchenko. An Attempt at Description

The article focuses on the notebooks of M. M. Zoshchenko. The materials from the museums of St. Petersburg, IRLI (the Institute of Russian Literature), and, first of all, of the funds of the State Literary Museum «XXth century». M. M. Zoshchenko’s working notebooks, pocket-books are undoubtedly the most important source for the scientific biography of the writer. They represent the test-bench or the testing ground for the development, masks, plots, a range of techniques in the course of M. M. Zoshchenko’s oeuvre.

«Regents of Our Dreams Struggling with the Guardians of Our Minds»: on S. D. Krzhizhanovsky’s Works That Failed to Be Published During the «Thaw» Period

The article analyzes the circumstances of fiction and theoretical works by S. D. Krzhizhanovsky being banned for publication at the end of the 1950s due to censorship. For the first time unpublished internal reviews of the author’s works from the archives of the publishing house «Sovietsky pisatel» are drawn on, as well as the materials of the committee on the writer’s literary legacy, and the letters of his friends (RGALI – Russian State Archive of Literature and Art).

Siberian Sources of Vsevolod Ivanov’s Story The Running Isle: From Evidence to Representation

In this article we review Siberian sources of Vs. Ivanov’s story The Running Isle (Begstvuyushchiy ostrov). For example, there is a story about Pokrovsky Nunnery of the Old Believers which is reflected in the works of Siberian writers of the early ХХth century; and the Russian folk utopian legend about Belovodye. The author solves the problem of genuine peasant power by comparing the new government and the folk utopian ideal.

A. N. Pypin in the Creative Biography of B. B. Glinsky

A. N. Pypin helped many beginning writers to identify their path. B. B. Glinsky was among them. Significant biographical facts related to the history of the writers’ relationships are revealed in understudied printed sources and archive materials introduced into the scientific circulation for the first time.