INTERACTION OF VARIOUS GENERIC FORMS IN THE 12TH–17TH CENTURY TEXTS AND THE MINDSETS OF OLD RUSSIAN AUTHORS

INTERACTION OF VARIOUS GENERIC FORMS IN THE 12TH–17TH CENTURY TEXTS AND THE MINDSETS OF OLD RUSSIAN AUTHORS

Journal

  • Journal title: Studia Litterarum
  • ISSN: 2500-4247 (print) 2541-8564 (online)
  • Publisher: A.M. Gorky Institute of World Literature of the Russian Academy of Sciences
  • Country of publisher: russian federation
  • Date added to EuroPub: 2018/May/06

Subject and more

  • LCC Subject Category: Languages and Literature, Literature
  • Publisher's keywords: Оld Russian literature, poetics, generic types of narration, phraseology
  • Language of fulltext: russian, French, english
  • Full-text formats available: PDF

AUTHORS

    Anatoly S. Demin

EDITORIAL INFORMATION

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ABSTRACT

The essay focuses on the understudied question of the poetics of Old Russian literature: it is the frst study of the kind that analyzes semantic interaction of different generic forms in the works of the period. The essay is comprised of fve section each devoted to a specifc work. The frst section examines historical narrative in its relation to sermons, eulogies, and biblical excerpts in The Tale of Bygone Years (the beginning of the twelfth century) and comes to the conclusion that the chronicler was not content with the negligence of his listeners and readers. The second section examines the interrelation of factual material and sermon in Novgorodskaa First Chronicle (the thirteenth and fourteenth centuries) and reveals the chronicler’s severe attitude towards his contemporaries. The third section examines a series of two works by Moscow Dyak Rodion Kozhuh as part of Sofyskaya Second Chronicle and shows the author’s personal inclination to the expressiveness of style. The fourth section examines a combination of prosaic and rhymed fragments from the Saying of Avraamy Palitsyn written in the 1620s and comes to the conclusion that the author was inclined to philosophically reflect on the Time of Troubles. Finally, the ffth section examines a combination of the rhymed narrative with poetical sermons in The Story of Unfortunate Misfortune (1660s) and shows the author’s pessimistic mindset. The essay ends with a very tentative conclusion: the interaction of different generic forms of narration was typical for the whole оf Оld Russian literature. The variety of purposes and mindsets prompted authors to employ various generic types of narration.

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