Izvestiya of Saratov University.
ISSN 1817-7115 (Print)
ISSN 2541-898X (Online)


From Romanticism to Postmodernism: W. Irving’s Novel «The Legend of the Sleepy Hollow» (1819) and Tim Burton’s Film Version «The Sleepy Hollow» (1999)

The article analyzes the transformation of a literary work by one of the founders of American Romanticism into a post-modernist film canvas. Materials for the analysis are a short story by Washington Irving, «The Legend of Sleepy Hollow» (1819) and a Tim Burton film, «Sleepy Hollow» (1999).

Three Time-planes of London in «The House of Doctor Dee» by Peter Ackroyd

The article studies the image of London and explores its main characteristics in the novel by a contemporary British postmodernist P. Ackroyd.

Mechanisms of Memory in «Nothing to be Frightened of» by Julian Barnes

The article studies the autobiographical book by Julian Barnes, the contemporary English postmodernist writer, where his personal memories illustrate the illusive nature of memory and its limits, revealing such mechanisms of memory as subjective interpretation, forgetting and imagining.

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.

What a Carve Up! by Jonathan Coe as a Postmodern Detective Story

What a Carve Up! by Jonathan Coe is analyzed as an example of application of traditional detective conventions in postmodern narrative; their ideological and compositional functions in the novel are revealed.

Victor Pelevin and ‘Moscow Conceptualism’

The article analyzes the early works of V. Pelevin from the collection Relics. early and unpublished. The author compares the early and late works of the writer and outlines the vector of his creative evolution, finds common ground between different texts of the writer. The author of the article refers to the practices of ‘Moscow conceptualism’ and outlines the connection between this tactics and Pelevin.

Jonathan Coe’s Novel Number 11: the Principles of Postmodern Language Play

The article considers Number 11 by Jonathan Coe as an example of the postmodern language play with textual and extratextual reality and determines the role and functions of game practices employed.


The article is devoted to the analysis of the structural features of the poetic text of one of the most specific literary trends - melodrama. The aesthetics of the melodrama industry changes the ideas about the form and content of the poetic work.



The article deals with the specific character of the genre of the English writer's autobiography of the turn of the 20th-21st century. by the example of Julian Barnes's autobiography "Nothing to be Afraid".


State-of-the-Nation Dilogy by Jonathan Coe

The dilogy The Rotters’ Club (2001), The Closed Circle (2004), by a British novelist Jonathan Coe is represented as an integral and coherent narration within the tradition of the British state-of-thenation novel. The article analyzes the role of realistic and postmodern practices in highlighting the social and political problems in the dilogy.