Scientific section. Literary criticism

O. F. Miller on the Oeuvre of A. K. Sheller-Mikhailov

The article considers features of the critical literary approach to the oeuvre of one of the most popular Russian authors of the second half of the XIXth century represented in a forgotten work by a prominent Russian philologist dedicated to the jubilee of the writer.

Glumov’s Double in the Comedy by A. N. Ostrovsky Enough Stupidity in Every Wise Man

The article considers the image of Mashenka Turusina from the play by A. N. Ostrovsky Enough Stupidity in Every Wise Man. Analyzing textual behavior of the character, the author proves that the young foster daughter is not only ‘a home martyr’ but also a skillful manipulator who adjusts the environment to her own liking. This game makes her similar to the main character of the comedy – Glumov: he tries to make his way up by flattery and deception. Mashenka and Glumov, respecting each other, seem doubles surrounded by simple-minded ‘masters of life’ on whom their future depends.

Theatre of the Book. Visual Appeal in the Russian Book Culture of the End of the XVIIth – the First Third of the XVIIIth Century

The article considers the topic of visualizing theatre elements in the texts of the first Russian plays of the end of the XVIIth and the beginning of the XVIIIth century in its relation to the West-European and Russian book printing culture.

Heroic Spirit in Memoires by Mlle de Montpensier

The article considers instances of heroics in Memoires by Mlle de Montpensier on the example of the Fronde events. Her ideas of heroic behavior are analyzed as well as the development of the heroic content of the protagonist image under the influence of historic, ethical, and literary factors.

The Аesthetic Concept of Play as the Paradigm of Modernist and Postmodernist Literature

The article is dedicated to the issues of the play poetics as philosophical, ontological, and aesthetic paradigm of the main movements of the modern literature. The main criteria of the play are analyzed in the theoretical research and literary works of the modernist and postmodernist writers.

Peculiarities of Z. Thagazitov’s Colors in the Context of Color Preferences in Kabardian Poetry

The article describes an attempt to study the peculiarities of color in the work of the Kabardian poet Zuber Thagazitov for the first time. The author reveals the national specific features of color symbolism and the interdependence of historic and artistic reflection of the national reality in the context of the «greater time».

Poetics of Play in the Theatre Piece «Lickspittle» by I. Ilf, E. Petrov, M. Volpin

The article researches the play poetics of the theatre piece «Lickspittle» by I. Ilf, E. Petrov, M. Volpin on the level of the plot, characters, literary reminiscences, language humor. Functions of the co-authors’ play strategy are identified, such as achieving the synthesis of satire and vaudeville principles and the techniques of text structure. The link between «Lickspittle» and the novel by I. Ilf and E. Petrov «The Golden Calf» is revealed.

Born at the Turn of the Centuries: On the Tragic Consciousness in the Works of Kuzebay Gerd

The article analyses Kuzebay Gerd’s creative work that had been developing at the turn of the centuries. The events of this period impacted the artistic consciousness of the Udmurt poet. Painfully perceived historic disasters are reflected in the tragic world-view of his works.

‘Language of Flowers/Colors’ in the Novel by F. Sologub «Bad Dreams»: To the Issue of ‘Faithfulness to Things’ in the Symbolist Poetics

The subject of research in the article is the function of color in the description of objects’ details and the plants – counterparts of characters – in Sologub’s novel «Bad Dreams». The author presumes that a peculiar ‘language of flowers/colors’ is created in the novel: flowers and colors are the signatures of the characters’ spiritual path indicating its mysterious and eternal meaning.

L. Tolstoy: Unsanctioned Editing

The author analyzes L. Tolstoy’s editing short stories «The Darling» by A. Chekhov and «The Living Relic» by I. Turgenev as an example of unsanctioned editing. Motives and methods of the editor’s unapproved changes are considered.