Narrative in structure of genre: A.I. Kuprin’s “Four beggars” ..... 15 Babenko N.G., Koreshkova E.K. Functional analysis of the linguistic reflection in Evgeny Vodolazkin’s “Justification of the Island”
The study of narrative within various scientific paradigms is determined by the narration interest to an event in the life of an individual and society. Epic narrative genres are characterized by a consistent presentation of the series of events. The purpose of the article is to identify the features of various narratives in a work that reveals the syncretism of genre structures. The research methodology includes comparative and historical-genetic methods, as well as philological interpretation. A. I. Kuprin’s “Four beggars” is defined by the author as a legend, though this is not the only genre structure where the narrative is developed by the author. Significant influence here is the narrative strategies of the parable and the novella, transforming the genre structure of the legend. The genre identifiers of the legend are found in the title complex and the plot structure, objectifying the precedent picture of the world, however, the components of the imperative and occasional picture of the world make it possible to present events from different narrative angles, characterizing the hero and his actions in broad value coordinates. Priority in the genre structure of the A. I. Kuprin’s “legend” becomes the narrative of the novel, focusing the reader’s attention on the role of the category of chance in the fate of the hero, thus establishing an analogy of events in his life with gambling, which can have any outcome. The genre structure of the novel is formed by the personality of the hero and his free choice in the coordinates of the most incredible circumstances, and the interest in the category of choice in the syncretic genre structure is largely determined by the specific historical conditions of the literary process.