Literary Studies

Maria Andrianova: The Sixtiers in Leningrad and their dialogue with contemporaries (in Russian)

Jan 8th, 2015 | By
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(in Russian language)
Despite its brevity, the era of the Khrushchev thaw has become a significant milestone in the history of Soviet literature. The weakening of the political pressure on intellectuals led to a cultural enlivenment yielding rich fruits in literature. Yet commonly, when referring to the “sixtiers”, literary scientists mean primarily Moscow-based writers and poets,

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Irina Sudoseva: The interior as an aesthetic category in the literature (in Russian)

Jan 8th, 2015 | By
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The semantic function of the interior in literature has not been thoroughly analysed too often. Yet, it can hardly be impugned that its importance for the artistic whole of a literary work is not limited to purely decorative role. In her lecture, Irina Sudoseva outlines the possible ways of classifying and interpreting of this artistic

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Alla Tatarenko: Russian formalism and poetic roots of postmodernism (the example of Serbian literature) (in Russian)

Jan 8th, 2015 | By
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(in Russian language)
Serbian literature of the second half of the 20th century offers a paramount example of a coherent postmodernism manifesting itself in a most consistent way. One of the main characteristics of the Serbian postmodernism noticeable at all stages of its development is the influence of theoretical thoughts of the Russian formalist school. In

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Vladimir Biti: Victim narratives as founding myths (in German)

Jan 8th, 2015 | By
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(in German language)
Victim narratives are inherent components of many founding myths. By playing the role as catalysts of solidarity and unity of human communities they have an important function in the process of collective, especially national, identity formation. How do they fulfil their cultural function in literature? How do they change a given historical reality

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Aage A. Hansen-Löve: Some literary moments of silence (in German)

Jan 8th, 2015 | By
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(in German language)
The inexpressible, the taboo, the mysterious undoubtedly belong toliteratureandart, andnot justsince modernism. But what lies behindthevoidsandomissions? Isthe artisticabstinencejust speechlessness or is it an“eloquent” silencewithits own peculiar semantics? Let AageHansen-Löve take you along to an entertainingjourney through thewhitespaces of(notonlyRussian) literature and art.
Prof. Dr. Aage Hansen-Löve is professor emeritus of Slavic philology at Ludwig Maximilian

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A micro-analysis of “Как давно я топчу, видно по каблуку”

Oct 31st, 2013 | By
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We want to demonstrate by way of micro-analysis how a poetic-ontological and indexical mode of thinking develops in this poem, as though Brodsky discovered this mental region of the human being poetically. That Brodsky’s poems display a mark of a poetic ontologism [ontological poetry] is both postulated and microanalytically demonstrated here. According to Brodsky, it is both possible and necessary that a new ontology should emerge from language and logos. This new ontology can exist only in poetic form. For Brodsky, there can be no other new ontology than the poetic.

 

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“A dialogue of consent” as Bakhtin’s neo-rhetorical project

Oct 24th, 2013 | By

In the last decades of the twentieth century Bakhtin became fashionable both in Russia and abroad. However, both this fashion and its rejection prevent us from fully appreciating Bakhtin’s contribution to the intellectual situation of our time. And yet it is precisely the era of globalisation, in which an inability to come to an agreement could spark the danger of the obliteration of the human race, which throws a new light on Bakhtin’s dialogism – as a thoroughly contemporary intention of humanitarian thinking.

 

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Vote for a structural dialogical hermeneutic: interpretation is academically legitimate!

Oct 7th, 2013 | By

The interpretation of texts lies at the core of literary studies. Yet in the last third of the twentieth century the perception that a justification of the scholarly nature of the interpretation of texts is impossible became established: thus scholars spoke of the “dilemma of interpretation”; literary scholars were disparaged as “charlatans, cynics or idiots”

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