Aldington’s «All people are enemies»: an analysis of the motivic structure of the novel
The article presents the analysis of motif-structure of the novel by Richard Aldington «All men are enemies» (in particular, its relationship with the system of characters of the book). Sets of motifs corresponding to specific stages in the development of the image of the main character were identified; a nuclear-peripheral motif model was built where the movement of motifs from the nucleus to the peripheral zone demonstrates the importance ...
Thanatological endings in the short stories of F. Sologub
This article is devoted to the problem of ending in a literary work. Thanatological motifs are among the most widespread finales in the world literature. The article deals with the characteristic features of such endings, their typology determined by the nature of death, the narrative structure of plot situations, and the modality of ...
Christmas motif in R. L. Stevenson's story "Markheim"
The analysis of R. L. Stevenson's story "Markheim" shows an essential role of Christmas motifs in the semantic space of the work. There are various forms of expressing this motif in the key moments of the plot. The value space of the main character is connected to the Christian values inherent in Christ-mas motifs, and the story line develops ...
The motif of light and the criticism of the autonomous subject in the works of I. Murdoch
The article considers the Heideggerian principle of autonomy as a philosophical principle of self-dependence of Being, and its actualization in Murdoch’s works. The motif of autonomous reason as a «barrier»against the light of Being, the motif of mechanization of thought and feeling in the world of metaphysics completing itself, together with Platonic motifs and the esthetic diagnosis of the «death of light» ...
Biblical motifs in B. Pasternak’s cycle Isn’t it Time for Birds to Sing as a structure forming principle
This article described the structure forming function of biblical motifs in the plot relating to the spiritual struggle between the good and the evil for the soul of the persona. The author identifies the role of intertextual connection in the formation of the image of poetic I.
1. Гиржева Г. Н. Поэтика ...
The motif of repentance and the features of the plot in Vladimir Monomakh’s “autobiography”
The analysis of Vladimir Monomakh’s “autobiogrpahy” in the context of the confession-reflexion form brings the author to the conclusion that repentance is the central motif dominating the logic of the plot in the second part of the Instruction.
Владимира Мономаха // Памятники литературы Древней Руси: Начало русской литературы: ...
The motif of money in modern Russian literature
This article considers the motif of money in contemporary Russian prose and drama in the framework of its characteristic, axiological, and ontological meaning. The problem is examined through the examples of the works by V. Rasputin, V. Pelevin, and R. Senchin.
V.Ye. Cheshikhin as a populariser of the Tristan and Iseult motif in Russian culture
... Tristan and Iseult legend with the texts of Hellenic and Celtic cultures, the emphasis on the language component of the legend and opera, and the role of literary influences exerted on Wagner. The article analyses the use of the Tristan and Iseulte motif in the poetic works of Cheskhkhin.
1. Веселовский А. Н. Из истории романа и повести. Вып. 2 : Славяно-романский отдел // Сб. отделения русского языка и словесности ...
The motif of temptation in G. G. Byron’s mystery play Cain
This article considers one of the most complex works of Byron. The author focuses on the key motif in the plot of the philosophical drama. The analysis shows that Byron’s interpretation of the Biblical events makes it possible to conclude that, striving for absolute freedom, the human being is incapable of protecting themselves from the spiritual ...
Synaugeia motifs in I. Murdoch’s works (the novels Bruno’s Dream and The Black Prince)
Using the historical-cultural and comparative methods in the literary analysis of two novels, this article describes the role of synaugeia motifs in Murdoch’s works. Synaugeia is Plato’s concept of vision as a combination of the subjective and objective types of light. To a large degree, the light imagery of Murdoch’s novel is based on this concept.
1. Веселовский А. Н....
The ordinary person in the fictional world of Alexander Galich
Alexander Galich, a prominent singer-songwriter, built a gallery of socio-psychological types, central to which was the image of the ordinary Soviet person. This article focuses on the motif of death/immortality as a plot component describing the fate of a small person in Galich’s poetry. The place of the ordinary person in Galich’s creative ‘characterology’ is identified. The groundwork for a classification of the ordinary ...
The bestiary motif in Russian literature
The notions of “animalism” and “bestiary” are distinguished on the basis of Russian prose of the 20th/21st centuries. The author analyses the poetic functions of bestiary motifs in Russian postmodernist literature (A. Korolyov, V. Pelevin, V. Sorokin).
. Лингвопоэтика русской литературы эпохи постмодерна. СПб., 2007.
Jerzy Andrzejewski's “The Inquisitors” and Dostoyevsky's “The Grand Inquisitor”: Temptation as Existential Problem
The article compares the existential motifs of 'historical' novel “The Inquisitors” by Jerzy Andrzejewski and the parable chapter “The Grand Inquisitor” from Fyodor Dostoyevsky's “The Brothers Karamazov”. The motif of temptation connected with the interpretation of the Gospel ...
The ‘Faust zone’ in the works of Goethe and Pushkin
This article considers the ‘Faustian motif’ in Pushkin’s life and work. The problem of the ‘Faust zone’ in history is emphasised in the context of compari-son of different ideological and poetic interpretations of the Faustian archetype in the works of Goethe and Pushkin. It is concluded ...
Spiritual Ascension in the Icons and Vitae of Female Martyrs: the Collection of the Rybinsk Museum and Preserve
This article analyses the symbol of light and the motif of acquiring wisdom in the icons and the vitae of saints conveying the spiritual ascension of Saint Paraskevi of Iconium and Saint Juliana of Nicomedia. The common motifs in the two vitae are flagellation (whipping), death by beheading, and the ...
Text reinterpretation and the motif of transformation in a short form of Internet poetry
... ‘transformation’, that is, substitute the character or the entire situation. I identify common transformations, namely: thing → person, person → thing, person → animal, etc. Most frequent is the reciprocal transformation of men and cats. The transformation motif binds objects in the manner of a metaphor.
Dymarskii, M. Ya., 2012. Between genre and creativity, or Toward the formation of a pie-like thinking of a linguistic personality. In: Zhanry rechi: Sbornik nauchnykh statei. Pamyati K. F. Sedova [Speech ...
The basic concepts of F. A. Stepun's philosophy of history
This article is dedicated to Fyodor Stepun's history of philosophy. The author concentrates on the problems of methodology of historical cognition and traces neo-Kantian motifs in the oeuvre of the Russian philosopher.
1. Степун Ф. А. Г. П. Федотов // Степун Ф. А. Соч. М., 2000. С. 747—761.
2. Степун Ф. А. Идея России и формы ее раскрытия // Там же....
The “rustle of language”: the poetics of decoded audio elements in the lyrical poetry of M. Tsvetaeva and J. Brodsky
This article considers the problems of language and word reflection in the works of the two poets and examines the mechanisms of written works. The authors attempt to interpret the complex of M. Tsvetaeva and J. Brodsky’s themes and motifs in the context of Barthes’s “rustle of language” concept.
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The motif of forgiveness in the Russian romantic poetry of the first third of the 19th century
This article considers works of two famous Russian poets of the first third of the 19th century. Both works depict the violation of the sixth commandment - ‘thou shalt not kill’. An axiological analysis of the plot and composition structure of both poems shows that the central problem is forgiving enemies – completely amoral persons that violate moral laws and do evil.
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The mythical thinking of B. Pasternak in the cycle Romanovka
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Boris Pasternak, cycle, motif, myth
Folklore texts in teaching Russian as a foreign language: The perception of Russian folk tales
... as a foreign language. The author analyses the image and concept-related cultural difficulties faced by foreigners when studying Russian folk tales. The article identifies the differences in perceiving and assessing the culturally relevant folklore motifs by recipients with different cultural mental setups. It is stressed that studying folk tales gives foreign students an idea of the culture of Russian people, their fundamental features and values, and contributes to the development of a cultural ...
Picaresque motifs in Thomas Brussig's “Heroes Like Us”
The article analyses the peculiarities of picaresque storytelling in Thomas Brussig's novel “Heroes Like Us”.
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The motif of childhood in Bruno Schulz’s novel Cinnamon Shops
This article analyses Bruno Schulz’s autobiographical novel Cinnamon Shops in the aspect of mythological thinking. It is stressed that the concept of ‘childhood’ is the foundation of his mythopoeia largely shaped by the author’s memories of his father and other members of the household.
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The thought of death and overcoming of death in B. Pasternak’s cycle ‘Some Songs in Letters So She Won’t Be Bored’
.... An analysis of the author’s symbolism shows that the philosophising persona of Pasternak’s book ponders on death looking for the ways to overcome it. The way to overcome “boredom”— death is the “narrow way” of the Gospel, whereas the motif of grace is manifested in the images of nature, human soul, and history.
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2. Из переписки Б. Пастернака // С разных точек ...
A. A. Fet and Kant’s stars-and-morals motif in Russian philosophical poetry
This article maintains that the founder of the “stars-and-morals” cycle in Russian philosophical poetry of the 1840s is A. A. Fet. From the poems “I stood a long time without moving” (1843) and “To Le Verrier's Neptune” (1846) to “To extinguished stars” (1890), i. e. over half a century, Fet created lyrical miniatures under the influence of Kant’s and Schopenhauer’s ideas.
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The problem of alien ego in A. S. Lappo-Danilevsky's methodology (Kantian motifs)
This article addresses the problem of presuppositions in a methodological work of A. S. Lappo-Danilevsky (1863—1919) — a Russian historian and theorist of historical science. The author identifies the existential strategies applied by Lappo-Danilevsky in the practical interpretation of Kant’s philosophy and specifies the meaning of A. S. Lappo-Danilevsky's work for modern philosophy of historical science.
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The execution of Henry Monte and the Prussian motif of “double death”
This article focuses on the execution of one of the leaders of the Prussian revolt, Herkus Monte, according to the “double death” rite dedicated to two gods — Patollo and Potrimps. This rite is typical for the Baltic perception of the other world and is a special case of the common for Indo-European peoples idea of death.
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The Soteriological Aspect of the Murals in the Kaliningrad Cathedral of Christ the Saviour
... of the study. It is concluded that the soteriological aspect of mural iconography is one of the most traditional and semantically justified. It is reflected in the composition and the choice of colours as well as in the selection and juxtaposition of motifs and their correlation with the architectural elements of the Kaliningrad Cathedral. The soteriological aspect does not diminish the significance of other factors determining the iconography of the murals, i. e. the architectural design, the dedication ...
Character’s existence in the Königsberg/Kaliningrad toposphere: Yu.N Ivanov’s Dances in the Crematorium and Michael Wieck’s The Decline of Königsberg
... (Wieck). The works share common themes — memory, faith, physical constraints, the freedom of human spirit, moral and amorality, personal and collective responsibility, and the evil of totalitarian regimes and racial hatred. The analysis shows common motifs in the works, those of destiny, desperate situations, ordeals, and suffering. The texts have a similar structure combining reminiscences of the main characters with interactions between the past and the present. However, the two authors approach ...
Mythologization of the city in the works of B. Schulz and F. Kafka
... works, while for B.Schultz the connection between nature and spirituality of the city returns the author to the idea of the mythical alfa and omega of life. The article describes the image of the city-labyrinth which both authors associate with the motif of wandering whereas the cathedral is associated with the paternal archetype.
1. Белобратов А. В. Процесс «Процесса»: Кафка и его роман-фрагмент // Кафка Ф. Процесс (восстановленный ...
The myth as a source of cultural legitimation: the rock and hip-hop versions of the legend of Orpheus and Eurydice
... foundation for aesthetic legitimation of rock and hip-hop lyrics and their inclusion in a greater cultural context. The study explores the forms of representation of Orpheus’s dual semantics as the archetypical poet and musician as well as of the general motifs of temptation/seduction and selling one’s soul. It is established that, perceived as a single source of meanings and plots, the myth encourages the musical and poetical culture of the 20th/early 21st centuries to exploit deep¬er levels of the ...
Images of English giants: at the intersection of mythological traditions
... influence of Scandinavian, Celtic and Classical mythological traditions on the characters of giants in English folk tale discourse. The elements of archaic beliefs are represented in the inner form of nominations and attributes of folk tale giants. Borrowed motifs are subjected to varying degrees of transformation in folk tale discourse and depend upon cultural and historical development of the English ethnos.
1. Голованов И. А. Константы фольклорного сознания в ...
The resonance of a tragic sound: G. Ivanov’s poetry in B. Ryzhy’s interpretation
... showing that G. Ivanov’s works influenced his poetic manner. The author reveals the reasons of commonality of their existentialistic worldview, which was predetermined by some biographic and sociocultural factors. Reinterpreting G. Ivanov’s key motifs and imagery, B. Ryzhy enriches his lyrics by bringing in Soviet and post-Soviet connotations. G. Ivanov’s tragic intonation gains a new sound expressing the experience of man living in the 20th century.
1. Арнольд И. В. Значение ...
‘Many years to the invincible’: The axiological meanings of the spatial and temporal images in Boris Pasternak’s poem ‘Neoglyadnost’/’ Spanlessness’
... ‘Neogliadnost’/’Spanlessness’, written in 1944. The axiological meaning of spatiotemporal images in the poet's Weltanschauung is evaluated within a broader context of Russian language and culture. It is argued that the poem’s key value-laden motif, victory, is introduced in the text in three temporal domains. Two of them — the planes of the historical past and present — belong to the sphere of time. They are intrinsically linked by their reference to the metaphysical realm of eternity....
The image of the mirror as the semantic centre of Neil Gaiman’s collection Smoke and Mirrors
... concludes that the image of the mirror runs through the collection of stories, whereas its symbolism ranges from an object used in creating illusions to a magical artefact helping to see the truth. The images that accompany the mirror are linked to the motifs of silver and silverware.
1. Бахтин М. М. Человек у зеркала // Бахтин М. М. Автор и герой. К философским основам гуманитарных наук. СПб., 2000. С. 240—241.
The myth as a source of cultural legitimation: the rock and rap versions of Orpheus and Eurydice. Article 1
Using the rock opera Orpheus and Eurydice (1975) and Hip-hopera: Orpheus & Eurydice (2018), we analyse interpretations of the ancient myth in today’s popular culture. We demonstrate how the plot and motif transformations of the pre-text bridge the gap between history and modernity. In both the rock opera and the hip-hopera, the ancient theme of descent into the kingdom of the dead in the name of love merges with its semiotic double: the neo-mythological ...
Images of Paradise in the Russian Poetry of the End of the 20th Century
... S., 1993. Pir: Teksty, stikhi, besedy [Feast. Texts, poems, talks]. Nikolaev-Simferopol' (in Russ.).
Tsvetaeva, M., 1965. Izbrannye proizvedeniya [Selected works]. Moscow-Leningrad (in Russ.).
"Paradise" text, images of Paradise, Biblical motifs, poetry of the turn of the 20th century, literary tradition, linguistic poetics
Severskaya O. I.
Ekphrasis as a structural element of the world of art and a marker of modern society’s attitude to it in the novel by D. Tartt «Goldfinch»
... part of artistic structure in D. Tartt’s «The Goldfinch», its plot and images of characters. The paper proves that ekphrasis helps the writer to describe the important tendencies of the existence of culture in the contemporary society. Existential motifs connected with the meeting of characters with the art treasures are also analyzed.
1. Анцыферова О. Ю. «Южный миф» и роман Донны Тартт «Маленький друг» // Филология и культура....
The mythopoetics of Kazuo Ishiguro’s novel The buried giant
... problem of defining the genre of the novel, which has not yet received a single identification in the literature. My analysis shows that, in the novel, mythopoetics is a means to create a metaphorical image of reality. The theme of the text and its key motifs are most fully expressed in the complex interactions among links existing within this reality.
1. Владимирова Н. Г. Условность, созидающая мир. Поэтика условных форм в современном ...
Studies into the history of Russian Neo-Kantianism in Poland
... paradigms of European culture. From antiquity to the present day / eds. A. Borkowski, J. Urban. Colloquia Litteraria Sedlcensia. Studia Minora II]. Siedlce, p. 37—40.
29. Czardybon B. 2010 (b), Motywy neokantowskie w rosyjskim symbolizmie [Neo- Kantian motifs in the Russian symbolism] // Symbol w kulturze rosyjskiej / pod red. K. Dudy, T. Obolevitch [Symbol in Russian culture / eds. K. Duda, T. Obolevitch]. Cracow, p. 473—491.
30. Czardybon B. 2011 (a), Doswiadczenia marburskie Wladyslawa Tatarkiewicza ...