The belonging of the Dead Souls to the genre of the epic (ancient and medieval) poem about wars and wanderings (including the world beyond the grave) is the original author's installation, and not only Chichikov's "Adventures", but also the military theme in its various aspects is an immanent component text. Chichikov - the bearer of an alien, non-Russian mentality, invading Russian realities, and therefore the parallel between Chichikov and Napoleon is consistently carried through the entire text of the poem.


The article examines the evolution of Chernyshevsky's ideas about the hero of Gogol's "Overcoat" (from the apologetics of the humanistic feeling to the "one who needs protection", to the denial of his right to sympathy, to the utterance of "unprofitable truth" about him) in order to show the relapse of such an interpretation of a small man in the domestic czech.

The Border between Reality and Fantasy in the Works of N. V. Gogol and V. I. Dal

The article highlights the ways of more detailed comparison of the dual reality motif in the creative systems of Nikolay Gogol and Vladimir Dal. The key conclusions are made on the basis of the plot line and composition peculiarities of the texts, folklore symbolism and parallel review of the characters.

The Historic Memory Issue in the Little Russia Texts of N. V. Gogol’s Arabesques

The article analyzes the features of the historic memory functioning in the creative world of the Little Russia texts of the Arabesques and fragments relative to them. The necessary condition of retaining the memory of the past in these works is the existence of a material object related to the historic events and its commentator.

A Khlestakov-like Character on the Pages of the russian Comedy

The article researches how Khlestakov’s image that has become a household name has impacted the oeuvre of the later play writers. The images of the so-called Khlestakov-like characters are considered in the works of Gogol himself, of Sukhovo-Kobylin, Saltykov-Shchedrin, Ostrovsky.

German Environment of N. V. Gogol as a Pupil

The article considers Gogol’s letters of his school years in which the German topic is mentioned, as well as contemporaries’ reminiscences complementing the picture with the biographical facts of the future author.

Kochkarev’s and Podkolesin’s Games in «Marriage» by Gogol

In the article the point of Podkolesin’s implicit victimization is questioned. The dynamic equilibrium of forces between Kochkarev and Podkolesin is analyzed. This marks gaming possibilities in a human, oppositely directed, but similarly powerful.

Rumour in St. Petersburg Novels by Gogol: Live Newspaper

The artistic functions of the rumor motives in the plot of the St Petersburg
novels by N. V. Gogol and their link to the chronotopos of the
Russian capital are studied. Analogies are drawn with the texts of the
journal Biblioteka dlya chteniya (Library for reading).

On Mark Tarlovsky and His Poem «Poetry by the City-provost’s Daughter»

The article discusses the literary fate of M. A. Tarlovsky, his place in the Russian poetry, as well as some peculiarities of his perception of the characters of the comedy «Auditor».

German Theme in N. V. Gogol’s Cycle «Evenings on a Farm Near Dikanka»

The article deals with different instances of Germany being mentioned in Gogol’s cycle «Evenings on a Farm Near Dikanka», as well as the issue of the author’s understanding of the word «German» while working on his stories, and some parallels with the works of other writers.