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Language modality and media text linguistics

Evaluative lexis as a component of subjective modality in the Russian handwritten newspaper Vesti-kuranty

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Based on the materials of the handwritten Vesti-Kuranty newspaper, this article analyses the functional significance of evaluative lexis — adjective, adverbs, and nouns with subjective modal meanings conveying expressive emotional reactions of the author of a newspaper text to the described histori-cal events, as well as the temper and actions of its participants.

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The implementation of interrogative imperative modality in the headlines of media texts: The case of news portals

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Based on the texts from Russian news portals, this article considers the functional semantic and communicative pragmatic features of using structure representing interrogative imperative modality in the headlines. The author analyses the occurrence and typology of identified examples, as well as their functionality in the context of a headline’s communicative objectives.

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Language in the space of culture

What Saussure wrote/did not write: A half a century discussion on the anagram theory

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This article explores the history of studies into Ferdinand de Saussure’s ideas of anagrams. When Saussure’s notebooks were published in the late 1960s and his drafts in the 1990s, scholars received a wealth of material for in-terpretation going far beyond the initial topic of ancient Indo-European poetry. The paper emphasises the diversity of approaches to Saussure’s ideas — from J. Kristeva’s semiotics to M. Gronas’s mnemotechnical analysis. Over the recent decades, the study of anagrams has rested on the clarification of ter-minology and the promotion of the comparative and interdisciplinary ap-proaches.

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On the content of the Fedoseyan Old Believers’ Menologia

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This article is the first attempt at an examination of the Menologium from the collection of the Voynovsky monastery. A comparative analysis of the content of different editions of church calendars made it possible to draw sev-eral conclusions. The principles of church calendar formation by the Fedosey-ans are identified. The composition of hagioanthroponyms in the Menologium is classified as archaic. Varying spellings of hagioanthroponyms are identified. Differences in the composition of hagioanthroponyms are described alongside the ‘dark places’ in the calendar texts.

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Toponyms as a convolutional cultural linguistic code

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This article considers the coding of linguistic and extralinguistic infor-mation contained in a special class of proper names, namely, toponyms. The article presents new data on the development of the “Toponymy of Russia” information system. Based on the entries relating to Smolensk geographical place names, the author demonstrates the abilities of the electronic resource. The article stresses the need to involve Kaliningrad scholars in the resources expansion.

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Nikolai Kononov’s poetics of prose

The vegetative code in Nikolai Kononov’s short story “Ansatasiya’s Amnesia”

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The second article of the series considers the role of the vegetative code in conveying the core of N. Kononov’s hidden semantic system, namely, the de-velopment of the dual and the plural from the singular I (ego). The paronymy between the Russian koren (root) and the English corn makes it possible to progress to the Russian ovyos (oats), which represents this development in different linguistic transformations. It is shown how the description of the vegetative cycle of oats (or the singularity/duality and plurality of subjects) is used to develop a time continuum, i. e. the year circle. The generation mechanism is opposed to the process of fragmentation and the identification of enti-ties and temporal intervals, which results in the instability of their ontological status. Everything becomes fiction. The article considers the forms of the au-thor’s presence in the system of hidden codes.

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The numerological code in Nikolai Kononov’s short story “Tripartite Sibling”

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Based on N. Kononov’s short story, this article analyses the numerological code relating to the generation of the plural from the singular I (ego). An increase in the number of objects is accounted for by the dynamic equation N = N+1. The author examines both the visible and hidden techniques of the code representation based on the game possibilities of the language and intertextual references.

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Kononov’s “Tripartite Sibling”: Prerequisites for intertextuality

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This article considers the correlation between N. Kononov’s short story and the literary pretexts. The authors stresses the connection between N. Kononov’s citation writing and the postmodernism worldview and literary strategies of postmodernism. The short story’s intertextual poetics is determined by the patterns of the author’s literary world. The identifies the structural and functional features of intertext in the “Tripartite Sibling” short story, as well as its role in the poetic whole of the work.

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Poetics of literary genres

The memento mori genre in medieval German literature

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This article addresses the memento mori genre in the German literature if the 11th-12th centuries. The works in this genre present a literary expression of the category of reminder of mortality. It is close to the sermon calling for repentance. The typical texts by Heinrich von Melk include lamentations about the deceitfulness of the world, the brevity and vanity of earthly life, a reminder of the Last Judgement, and a prayer to God. Heinrich von Melk’s memento mori contain criticism of emerging Minnesang.

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The ‘Faust zone’ in the works of Goethe and Pushkin

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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 that Pushkin’s poetic ge-nius is Christian in its essence and related to the key characteristics of the Rus¬sian national identity.

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The house in the plot structure of A. I. Podolinsky’s poem “Borsky”

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The plot structure of the poem by a Russian author of the Pushkin era A. Podolinsi is characterised in comparison with the context of Russian Romanti-cism and the conceptual constants of Russian cultural consciousness. The au-thor identifies the function of the image of house in the poetic body of the poem. The ‘house’ is analysed as an element of the literary space and as a topos with symbolical and mythological connotations.

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The motif of temptation in G. G. Byron’s mystery play Cain

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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 captivity of passions and their soul cannot remain independent from such opposite forces as the light and the darkness, good and evil, god and the devil.

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The spiritual and moral collision in H. G. Wells’s short story “The Door in the Wall”

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The particularities of the key collision of H. G. Wells’s short story “The door in the wall” is considered in the spiritual axiological aspect. The issues of true and false values, the visible and invisible worlds and the border between them, and the meaning of human life are examined as the central problem of the text. It is shown that the image of Wallace and the related plot are deter-mined by the choice between the eternal and earthly values, this and the other worlds. The image of the narrator embodies the opposition between the catego-ries of faith and doubt shaping the inner collision of the short story.

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Fatih Karimi’s early poems (late 1920s — early 1930s)

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In line with the need for a comprehensive system analysis of the poetic works of the influential Tatar poet and literary figure Fatih Karimi, this arti-cles considers the early but the most literary advanced poems created as his poetic voice was emerging. The study shows that the process of the poet’s creative evolution followed a trajectory from the ‘social ideological order’ towards expressing the ‘living’ human feeling and lyrical sacredness.

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The optics of vision in Daniel Kehlmann’s novel Der fernste Ort

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This article discusses the dominant textual elements in Der fernste Ort — one of the most famous novels of German author D. Kehlmann. The novel’s text organization is described; parallels to other literary works are drawn. The author analyses the influence of the 20th century modernist experiments on Kehlmann’s works. The article focuses on the general and specific features of the writer’s literary image.

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Edward Stachura’s existential character and the Polish wedding chronotope

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This article analyses the spatial and temporal structure of Edward Stachura’s short story “The Wedding” in an intertextual dialogue with Sta-nislaw Wyspianski’s play of the same name and in the existential literary-philosophical context. The author focuses on the problem of relations between the individual and the historical national community. The article analyses the logic of solving this problem in the romantic context of Wyspianski’s thinking and the existential context of Stachura’s works

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From the history of literary relationships: Cz. Miłosz and J. Putramen

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Czeslaw Milosz and Jerzy Putrament studied together at the Stefan Ba-tory University in Wilno and were members of the Żagary literary group. Later, their relationship faced certain challenges and was broken off as Milosz emigrated. The relationship of the two authors is considered based on J. Putrament’s letters to Cz. Milosz published by the latter in 1998.

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Synaugeia motifs in I. Murdoch’s works (the novels Bruno’s Dream and The Black Prince)

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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.

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Male Cinderella: the character, genre, and poetics of Jerzy Kosiński's novel Being There

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This article presents a comprehensive analysis of the novel of the Polish émigré author Erzy Kosiński written in the English language. The image of the main character is considered in the typological comparison with the prece-dent images of world literature; the plot and composition structure is de-scribed; the genre is identified. Using the analysis of the novel’s key episodes, the article stresses the meaning-creating function of the reflection technique. The receptive field of the novel is identified.

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Intermedial text modelling: D. Lodge. Nice Work

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This article studies the cross-disciplinary interactions – a characteristic feature of modern literature – in the case of the novel Nice Work by a famous contemporary author and literary scholar David Lodge. The analysis is based on Yu. M. Lotman’s concept of polyglotism and M. M. Bakhtin’s and R. Bar-thes’s text theories. A specific feature of D. Lodge’s novel is the visuality of the world of literary images created using special literary techniques. The novel’s picture poetics emphasises picturesqueness as a generalising feature. The poetic role of the intermedial techniques – portrait and self-portrait, semiotics-enriched landscape, and genre episode – is identified in the visual ima-gery of the novel.

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