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2014 Vol. 5 № 2

LANGUAGE: THE PULSE OF TIME

A major principle of Indo-European poetry or arbitrary etymologising? A review of modern international publications on anagrams in the cultures of Ancient East and Antiquity

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This article examines the approaches of modern international scholars to the problem of anagrams in ancient texts. The author addresses the following “problem nodes”: the difficulty of proving the presence of an anagram in each individual case and the ambiguity of the question as to the arbitrary or systematic nature of anagrammatic structures and anagrams’ functions. Solving these problems will contribute to identifying the major avenues of further research on anagrams.

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The multi-language coding and anagrammatic foundations of the “Venice text” in Yu. Buida’s short story “All the floating by”

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This article examines the use of a multi-language anagrammatic code in Yu. Buida’s works. The authors identify the anagrammatic foundations of the “Venice text” in the shorty story “All the floating by” from the collection The Prussian Bride. It is shown that the core of the system is the anagrammatic variation of the words Венеция / невеста и море / amor / mors. The matrimonial and funeral semantics of the night boat rides of the female character along the Pregolya is emphasised. The authors consider the various means of semantization of the name of the main male character “Polorotov,” and analyse the interaction between the topography of the town and Venice – the dream city of the main female character. Different levels of text interpretation are identified — from the plot- and everyday life-focused to symbolic and cosmological ones.

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Discursive features of Russian gender-oriented advertisements

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This article addresses the metadiscourse structure and the means of gender manifestation in the advertising message. Two advertisements for the same good aimed at women and men were chosen for a semiotic analysis. The analysis identified the verbal and nonverbal means of exposing implicit messages reflecting gender relations and reinforcing gender stereotypes, as well as the presence of complimentary relations between different elements of the advertising message.

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ASPECTS OF LITERARY TEXT

The psychological profile of the robber in A.S. Pushkin’s novella Kirdzhali

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This article addresses Pushkin’s works, whose characters are based on real people who opposed conventional rules and laws and dedicated their life to fighting for personal and public freedom through following the path of crime. An analysis of the psychologically complex image of the novella’s main character shows that Pushkin paid special attention to the complicated and ambivalent personality of the robber who challenges his fate without pondering the meaning and value of human life.

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From a city to the myth (Yu. Buida’s Königsberg)

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This article analyses Yu. Buida’s novel Königsberg as a fragment of the Königsberg text in Russian literature. It is shown that the mythological image of Königsberg/Kaliningrad is based on the moving border between the documentary and the fictional, history and narration, whereas the discursive structure of the text simulates the transformation of reality into a myth.

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LOVE OF WISDOM

CONFERENCES, ANNIVERSARIES, REVIEWS

Poetry sets the pace of life

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This article is the author’s lyrical reflection on the literary life in modern Lithuania. One of its particular aspects is poetical festivals of different levels. In this context, the author considered the 50th festival “The spring of poetry” dedicated to the 300th anniversary of the birth of Kristijonas Donelaitis. The festival made it possible to identify the influence of Donelaitis on modern Lithuanian poetry, as well as its indirect effect on Kaliningrad poets.

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