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A.M. Gorky Institute
of World Literature
of the Russian Academy of Sciences

IWL RAS Publishing

A.M. Gorky Institute of World Literature
of the Russian Academy of Sciences


Povarskaya 25a, 121069 Moscow, Russia



Types of publications

  • Classification – name: Literary studies
  • Format: Hardback
  • Dimensions: 60 х 90 1/16
  • Pages: 576 p.
  • Publisher: A.M. Gorky Institute of World Literature of the Russian Academy of Sciences (IWL RAS Publ.)
  • Rights – description: Creative Commons Attribution-NoDerivatives 4.0 (СС BY-ND)
  • Rights – URL: Visit Website
  • Language of the publication: Russian
  • Type of document: Collection of articles
  • Funder: Russian Foundation for Basic Research (RFBR)
  • Funder – grant number: 21-112-00172
  • DOI:
  • ISBN: 978-5-9208-0680-2
  • Year of publication: 2022
  • Date of publication: 2022
  • Place of publication: Moscow
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  • Ex. editor: Viktor M. Guminsky
  • Documentary and Fiction Literature in Russia of the 18–19 Century. Ex. ed. by V.M. Guminsky. Moscow, IWL RAS Publ., 2022. 576 p. (In Russian)

About ex.editor:

Viktor M. Guminsky, DSc in Philology, Director of Research, A.M. Gorky Institute of World Literature of the Russian Academy of Sciences, Povarskaya 25 a, 121069 Moscow, Russia.


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The publication was funded by means of the grant from the Russian Foundation for Basic Research (RFBR Project no. 21-112-00172)


The relationship between the categories of “documentary” and “artistic” in literature, authenticity and fiction, was considered even by ancient scientists. However, the theoretical problem presented in the title of this collective scientific work is among the most relevant in the modern science of literature. The IWL scholars have been working to solve this problem for quite a while. Therefore, the appendix to this work contains two articles by P.V. Palievsky (1932–2019) from the legendary three-volume “Theory of Literature. The main problems in historical coverage” (Moscow, 1962–1965), which have not lost their scientific significance even today.

The works of Russian literature of the 18–19 centuries are considered in a broad historical and cultural context, the chronological framework extends from antiquity to the beginning of the 20 century. The historical and literary material covered is diverse in terms of genre: prose and poetry, translations and original works, critical articles and fiction, novels and lyrical poems, epistolaries and ethnographic essays, travel and diaries are analyzed. A number of articles are entirely based on archival sources: “Daily Notes” or “Diariush” by St Dimitry of Rostov and “Petition” by M.P. Avramov, the associate of Peter I, translations by M.N. Muravyov from ancient authors and his letters to S.M. and F.N. Lunins, correspondence of L.N. Tolstoy with the peasant writer F.F. Tishchenko are involved into the scientific review for the first time.


Russian literature of the 18–19 centuries, translations, original works, critical articles, fiction, novels, lyrical poems, epistolaries, ethnographic essays, travel, diaries.




Viktor M. Guminsky
Documentary and Fiction in the Literature of Travel

Olga A. Krasheninnikova
“Diariush”, or “Day Notes” of Saint Dimitry of Rostov as an Early Attempt of Diary Literature in Russia

Olga A. Krasheninnikova
Poetics of Medieval Vita in Biographical Prose of the First Half of the 18th Century

Alexander D. Ivinsky
Translations from Ancient Authors by M.N. Muravyov (Based on Materials from Russian State Library Manuscript Department)

Alexander D. Ivinsky
M.N. Muravyov’s Letters to S.M. and F.N. Lunin Dated 1791 (Based on Materials of the State Historical Museum Department of Written Sources)

Lyudmila G. Shakirova
Pushkin and Radishchev (Two “Journeys…” in Russian Literature)

Igor A. Vinogradov
Slavophilism and Westernism Disputing over Gogol’s Poem “Dead Souls”: Facts and Evidence

Igor A. Vinogradov
Memoir and Biographical Literature about Gogol: on the Apocryphal Nature Issue

Igor A. Vinogradov
“Friend” of Karl Marx — Grigory Mikhailovich Tolstoy: Unknown Acquaintance of Gogol in Mannheim

Maria S. Akimova
Prince P.A. Vyazemsky as a Local Historian and Writer of Life

Maria S. Akimova
“A Year in the North” by S.V. Maksimov as a Document of the Era

Maria S. Akimova
“The Whole Day Is Like Crystal”: on a Possible Source of F.I. Tyutchev’s Famous Epithet

Natalia I. Gorodilova (Romanova)
Author’s Presence in the Novel “Anna Karenina”: Documentary in Artistic

Irina I. Sizova
Documentary in L.N. Tolstoy’s Folk Literature

Liudmila V. Gladkova
L.N. Tolstoy’s Correspondence with the Peasant Writer F.F. Tishchenko





P’otr V. Palievskiy
Internal Structure of the Image

P’otr V. Palievskiy
Literary Fiction


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