Critique and bibliography

Speech culture in professional communication

Two textbooks on speech culture for the law students are reviewed. Special emphasis is placed on the speech culture aspects of professional communication. The structure of the textbooks is analyzed, as well as the system of tasks and the reference material.

The ‘Principle of absolute doubt’ in Mark Aldanov’s oeuvre

The reviewed monograph of T. I. Dronova presents a multi-layered analysis of M. A. Aldanov’s oeuvre: from the principles of philosophical and historical cognition to narrative strategies. The approach to the legacy of the philosopher and writer suggested by the author allows to reveal the type of his artistic thought and the nature of his dialogue with the predecessors in a very convincing and in many ways novel way. 

Labour, spirituality, courage

A peer-reviewed two-volume book of the memoirs was written by a person passionate about his work. Real, genuine speech is heard here, giving away both a Moscovite, a scientist, and a personality with a magnificent sarcastic flair. The memoirs of V. S. Veselovskiy Problems of Our Life are one of the most informative, noticeable and interesting publications of this kind in the 21st century Russia, and they should be included in the mandatory reading list for the students of humanities.

The Poetry of the Russian Novel

The monograph under review explores the poetics of the Russian novel of the first half of the 20th century. The author focuses on the titular sphere of the works and their inner organization, as well as the rhythm of the composition.

On the Russian Soul to Polish Students

The book under review features a text book on the Russian language for foreign students, published in Poland. The author has included modern texts for discussion; they reveal special characteristics of Russian life and world-view to the foreign students, as well as diverse communicative tasks. The text book is designed for B2-C1 levels.

Remarkable Adventures of a Popular French Novel

The article presents a review of K. A. Chekalov’s monograph on mass French literature of the end of the 19th – the beginning of the 20th centuries. The author studies the genre, thematic and stylistic changes in popular works on the example of the oeuvre of Gaston Leroux and other famous novelists of the ‘Belle Epoque’ (Leblanc, Souvestre, Allain etc.).

Literary Text as a Diagnosis

The monograph under review is a continuation of the author’s research in the field of visual poetics of the Russian literature. The ‘optics’ proposed in the book allows to see the medical plots of literary texts in a new way, to comprehend aesthetic and existential experience of the disease.

Special Features of Quebec French In the Context of Franco-Quebec Endoglossic Situation

The article reviews a new book Le français québécois entre réalité et idéologie. Un autre regard sur la langue (Quebec French: Between Reality and Ideology. Another Take on the Language) by Lionel Meney, a Canadian linguist. The author discusses the question of how the two variants of French – the Quebec French and the French of France – co-exist on the territory of modern Quebec. L.

“Poetry is an Art Incurably Semantic...”

The monograph under review deals with the issue of the typology of lyrical texts. The researcher focuses on the category of the lyrical plot. The author combines the linguo-poetic approach to text analysis and the advantageous ideas of conceptology, linguosynergy, discourse studies, which renders the research an interdisciplinary character.

A Book that Philologists Should Read

This article is a review of the book by N. I. Klushina Media Stylistics, which considers aspects that change conventional philological views on modern and soviet culture, the literary Russian language, fields of science that study it, and speech in mass media.