Literary criticism

The Motive of Fear in A. Slapovsky’s Novel Encoded, or The First Eight Chapters

The article analyzes the motive of fear in Aleksey Slapovsky’s novel Encoded. This motive permeates the whole novel and essentially becomes the key one for the plot development. The struggle with the subconscious fears of the character and of the author is considered. This struggle results in a multiple re-writing of the selfsame story.

To the Question of the Nature of Lyrical Creativity

The article attemps to sum up the results of the national theoretical reflection on the nature of the lyric. The author considers the question whether such characteristics as enhanced emotionality, musical sense, subjectivity, ingenuousness, traditionally attributed to the lyric, are its specific features.

Final Scenes in the Structure of March 1917 by A. I. Solzhenitsyn

The article considers the place, role, functions, forms of final scenes in the structure of the novel March 1917 by A. I. Solzhenitsyn on the level of the chapter final scenes, ends of days, book closings and the final of the Node, which helps to imagine more intensely and to comprehend the author’s concept of the third Node of the Red Wheel.

The Motif of a Girl with Embroidery in the Work of A. I. Solzhenitsyn

In this article the author talks about the image-motif of the embroidering girl (the girl with the embroidery frame) in the works of A. I. Solzhenitsyn (The Gulag Archipelago, Cancer Ward, The Red Wheel, Three Brides) and the connections of his work with the texts of Russian writers of the 19th century.

‘Short-sightedness’ as an Evaluative Metaphor in Metropolitan Literature of the 1920–1930s

The article considers the functions of the ‘short-sightedness’ metaphor in the metropolitan literature of the 1920–1930s. The author shows how political and cultural context of the epoch influences the comprehension of this metaphor and of the images of the ‘optical prosthetic devices’ (glasses / eye-glasses / lorgnette / monocle) related to it.

Insects in the Love Lyric of A. A. Akhmatova

The article carries out the analysis of the image of a wasp in an early poem by A. A. Akhmatova. The article shows how the image of an insect penetrates an extended metaphor and becomes an important means of revealing the inner state of the lyrical heroine.

The Reflection and Transformation of Dagestan Folklore and Ethnography in the Works of V. I. Nemirovich-Danchenko

The article considers the works of Vas. Iv. Nemirovich-Danchenko, dedicated to Dagestan. In his works the writer depicts the life and customs, folklore and ethnography of the Dagestan highlanders. Speaking about the transformation of Dagestan folklore in the works of Nemirovich-Danchenko, the author of the article also draws upon the ethnographic data featured in the works of Nemirovich-Danchenko, reflecting Dagestan.

The Conquest of Plassans by Emile Zola and The Petty Demon by Fyodor Sologub: To the Issue of ‘Another’s Word’ in a Symbolist Novel

The article compares two novels: The Conquest of Plassans by Emile Zola and The Petty Demon by Fyodor Sologub. The parallels (in the problem range, systems of images, poetics of the plot, in the psychological picture of the characters’ images) give us grounds to consider the novel by Zola to be one of the sources of plot collisions and poetics for The Petty Demon.

From The Wandering Jew to Ahasver: Eugène Sue’s Novel in Russian Translations

The article deals with Russian translations of the famous novel The Wandering Jew (1844) by the French writer Eugène Sue, performed at different times. The brief characteristics of translators are considered. The comparative analysis of translations in the conceptual and cultural context of its era is carried out. The printing features of individual publications are characterized.

The Image of an Illegitimate Child in the Novels A Raw Youth by F. M. Dostoyevsky and Virgin Soil by I. S. Turgenev

The article studies the images of the leading characters in the novels A Raw Youth by Dostoyevsky and Virgin Soil by Turgenev. The main idea of the article is to highlight the image of an illegitimate character as a separate archetype in literature.