Scientific section. Literary criticism

The Topic of Death in the Short Novel by A. I. Solzhenitsyn «Cancer Ward»

In the article the author regards different aspects of death perception artistically reconsidered by A. I. Solzhenitsyn in the short novel «Cancer Ward»; the spiritual vector of the novel is defined.

The Problem of Studying the Short Story «Matryona’s Home» by A. Solzhenitsyn in Secondary School

In the article the authors consider the stages of A. I. Solzhenitsyn’s texts being introduced in the school curriculum; key problems of studying «Matryona’s Home» in secondary school are identified: the incompatibility of the story with the age of the students, and their lack of cultural and historic facts necessary for a proper perception of the text.

‘Knots’ of History as Depicted by M. Aldanov and A. Solzhenitsyn

In the article the author carries out a comparative analysis of historic and philosophical concepts of M. Aldanov and A. Solzhenitsyn based on the novel «The Sources» and the narration within a measured time period «Red Wheel» («August 1914»). The issue of the role of an occasion in history and in the fate of one person is considered, as well as the comprehension of the ‘sources’ and consequences of the Russian revolution and the shift of the epic genre boundaries in the ХХ century literature.

«March 1917» by A. Solzhenitsyn: Proverbs and Sayings in the Structure of the Third Knot of «Red Wheel»

The article analyzes the place and the function of proverbs and sayings in the structure of the third Knot of the historic epic «Red Wheel» by A. I. Solzhenitsyn – the novel «March 1917».

Novel «The First Circle» in the Aspect of the Discursive Reflection of Concepts of the Russian Liberal Movement of the End of the XIIth and the Beginning of the XXth Centuries

The article dwells on the issue of how the ideas of the Russian liberal movement in the pre-October period are reflected in A. I. Solzhenitsyn’s novel «The First Circle». The author points out that those concepts are significantly meaningful in the conceptual structure of the novel; the interrelation of the concepts with the development of the theme of the Russian peasantry in this work by A. I. Solzhenitsyn is highlighted.

Ekphrasis as a Device in the Novel by A. I. Solzhenitsyn «The First Circle»

In the article the role of the picturesque ekphrases in the novel by A. I. Solzhenitsyn «The First Circle» is researched; the principles of the writer’s work with real visual objects are identified; abundant data has been gathered about the artist and graphic painter S. M. Ivashеv- Musatov, the prototype of the hero – artist Kondrashov-Ivanov; previously unattended ekphrasis variants in the early versions and the final version of the novel are studied in the paper.

«Composition Carrying Towards the Ultimate Freedom»: To the Issue of the Point of View in A. I. Solzhenitsyn’s Novel «The First Circle»

The issue of the point of view in the composition of A. I. Solzhenitsyn’s novel «The First Circle» is regarded in the article by means of the structural analysis of its components based on the methodology by B. A. Uspensky.

Rhetoric Roots of A. I. Solzhenistyn’s Novel «The First Circle»

The article analyzes the rhetoric roots of A. I. Solzhenitsyn’s novel «The First Circle». It is proved that the rhetoric nature of the novel as a genre – as described by M. M. Bakhtin and Yu. M. Lotman – is characteristic for Solzhenitsyn’s novel. Research of the rhetoric «sources» of the novel together with other roots of large epic genres in Solzhenitsyn’s oeuvre is an important route to the comprehension of both the nature of the writer’s artistic method and the genre of the Russian novel of the XXth century in general.

Solzhenitsyn’s «Awful» Words

The article dwells on Solzhenitsyn’s lexical preferences, on what words he considered «unbearable» and why. In Solzhenitsyn’s attitude to the word aesthetic aspects (meaning, sound, color, smell) and ethic ones (belonging to the rogue or slaughterer world, being Russian, a possibility of coming from Christ’s lips) can be singled out.

A. I. Solzhenitsyn and the Issue of the Unity of Russian Spiritual Culture

In the article the author regards the personality and oeuvre of A. I. Solzhenitsyn («Gulag Archipelago», «Red Wheel», «Russia in Collapse») from the perspective of the unity of Russian spiritual culture in relation to two political philosophies: conservatism and radicalism. Ideas of the Russian religious philosophy expounded in the works by S. L. Frank underlie the theoretical foundation of the paper. A special role is dedicated to the polemic judgments of the writer.