Scientific section. Literary criticism

Hermetic Novel by V. Yemelyanov Jim’s Date

The article analyses poetics and sources of the novel Jim’s Date by V. Yemelyanov. The author comes to the conclusion that the high-principled artistic framework of the novel is based on the aesthetic and philosophical concepts of the Russian symbolism and on the mystic premises of the Masonic doctrine.

The Image of the Volga in Skitalets’s (S. G. Petrov) Early Works

This article describes the creation of the image of the Volga in the early works of Skitalets (S. G. Petrov, 1869–1941). The artistic world of the writer is filled with natural images, which are drawn mainly in a romantic way. The landscapes of Skitalets are mostly bright and colorful, although there are accurate realistic sketches. Also, the Volga can play the role of a psychological ‘accompaniment’, and can become the ideal embodiment of the proper state of the world.

Journalism and Journalists in A. P. Chekhov’s Stories

In A. P. Chekhov’s prose such characters as journalists, reporters, news reporters, newspaper readers, and newspaper contributions themselves are introduced. The type of Chekhov’s reporter is studied, whose stereotypical behavior and character become a specialty of a kind. With the transition from comic stories to the ‘dull stories’ of the characters, with the enhancement of the underlying message, the reporters with their single-line depiction disappear from Chekhov’s works.

“The Old Woman Was Knitting a Stocking and Was Looking Sidewaysat us Through Her Glasses…”: Women’s Handiwork of Old Age in I. S. Turgenev’s Oeuvre

The article discusses the description of old ladies and old women in the works of I. S. Turgenev, daily activities of these characters, and the needlework which accompanies the image of an elderly woman in the writer’s texts. The main task of the article is to show how frequently old women’s handiwork – knitting – occurs and to identify the contexts of its occurrence in Turgenev’s oeuvre

I. A. Kovanko’s Odes: Poetics in the Literary Context

The paper considers the peculiarities of I. A. Kovanko’s odes written at the end of the 18th century and the beginning of the 19th century. The reminiscences from G. R. Derzhavin’s and M. V. Lomonosov’s poetry are revealed. The article focuses on the influence of classicism and sentimentalism on Kovanko’s work and the synthesis of heterogeneous elements that trace back to the 18th century poets.

Lexical and Stylistic Peculiarities of the ‘Portrait – Interior – Landscape’ Trinity in Contemporary Russian Journalistic Narrative

The article deals with the lexical and stylistic peculiarities of expressing the ‘portrait-interior-landscape’ trinity as exemplified in the three journalistic narratives. The description of the interior and household items is complemented by portrait characteristics. Particular attention is paid to the role of the characters’ portraits in the structure of whole narrative, as well as to its connection with the physical setting and landscape descriptions.

Time Code in the Poems by Elena Shvarts

The article analyses the units of time code, shows the ways of their representation in the poems by Elena Shvarts. Special aspects of how this code functions in the author’s artistic world are considered. A correlation is established between the choice of a particular option of the time code and the poet’s artistic task.

Albert Maltz and the Russian Literature: Reception, Analysis, Criticism

The article analyses what Russian authors were on Albert Maltz’s reading list. In this regard special attention is paid to the correlation between Maltz’s aesthetic evaluations and political views, and the official line of the USA communist party guidelines in the field of art. Comprehensive examination of Maltz’s contacts with Soviet dissidents sheds the light on the dynamics of his attitude to social realism which was founded by M. Gorky.

The Peculiarities of the Historiographic Metafiction (Based on Julian Barnes’s Novel Arthur & George)

The paper analyses characteristic features of Julian Barnes’s historiographic metafiction Arthur & George. The author’s use of the ‘binary coding’ method is studied. The postmodern play that is expressed in deliberate blurring of the distinction between fiction and reality is noted. The article studies the narrative structure of the novel which reflects the postmodern postulate of the plurality of viewpoints.

Solzhenitsyn’s Switzerland

The article analyses the image of Switzerland on the material of the ‘sketches of exile’ Between Two Millstones, episodes of The Red Wheel and A. I. Solzhenitsyn’s opinion journalism. A. I. Solzhenitsyn went to Switzerland to collect the material for the chapters about Lenin. The author of the article shows Switzerland as a key point in A. I. Solzhenitsyn’s worldview geography, alongside France and Japan.