"Peasant Life and Russian Identity: The Plots About Peasants and Their Cultural Meaning in Russian Literature Before 1861" Free Download
Higher School of Economics Research Paper No. WP BRP 16/LS/2016

ALEXEY VDOVIN, National Research University Higher School of Economics (Moscow)

The working paper explores the plot repertoire of Russian literature about peasants before 1861 and its sociocultural role for emerging models of Russianness. The author investigates different types of plots in 212 texts (fiction and drama, 1789-1861) using the methodology of ‘elementary plots’ extraction (elaborated by Tatiana Kitanina) and classifying them into such clusters as ‘Prohibited Marriage’, ‘Adultery’, etc. On the basis of such clustering, the paper analyzes the frequency of each type of plot in Russian literature and the literary and sociocultural background underlying the changes. Visualized data allows to compare the main Russian writers’ preferences and innovations in employment. In conclusion, frequent and rare types of plots are considered in relation to the discourse of Russianness because by the educated elite and literari perceived Russian peasants as carriers of authentic Russian identity

"This Poem is a Outlaw: The Demonic Inversion of Justice in Ishmael Reed's Beware: Do Not Read this Poem" Free Download

JEFFREY MILLER, Faculty of Law, McGill University

In literature the supernatural or metaphysical is often meant to work justice where it seems otherwise unavailable. The justice accomplished is poetic, employing metaphor because the physical, fallen (literal) world comes up short in that regard. One way of reading Ishmael Reed’s celebrated poem "beware: do not read this poem" is as a demonic inversion of this use of the supernatural to impose justice. If there is justice at work in the poem, it is from an underworld, or at least underclass, point of view – in Reed’s vernacular, a Neo-HooDoo view.

"Mihai Eminescu, Mircea Eliade and Vasile Voiculescu᾽s Water Symbolism" Free Download
Journal of Romanian Literary Studies, 7, 882-893, 2015

MIHAELA GABRIELA PĂUN, University of Bucharest, Students

This study is an application of comparative method on the literary domain. It takes into consideration the symbol and the aquatic symbolism reflected in theoretical views and visible in the work of Mihai Eminescu, Mircea Eliade and Vasile Voiculescu. This primary impression is examined with the help of the symbolic concept as a conscience product as seen by J. Chevalier and A. Gheerbrant; semantic vector by Gilbert Durand; special type as open imagination in poetics by G. Bachelard and symbolic thinking by Mircea Eliade. In all mythologies the water is the symbol of all virtualities as an important source of the shapes that rises and reinstates cyclic in aquatic. Concerning Mircea Eliade „he thinks that the waters rule the beginning and the end of every cosmic and historic cyclic, supposing too, that the waters purify and regenerate because they annual the historyŗ (M. Eliade, 1992, p.188).


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