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Anita B. Mozhaeva
Anita B. Mozhaeva, PhD in Philology, Associate Professor at Foreign Literature Department of Maksim Gorky Institute of Literature and Creative Writing.
The essay probes into particularities of Fielding’s play “Tom Thumb and The Tragedy of Tragedies”, his parody of Restoration tragedy; the latter was very popular with the theatregoers of the time. The essay shows how the heterogeneous stylistic elements of the play get united into a complete whole. Fielding seemed to believe that in order to truthfully capture a reality within a creative work, one has not to go against artistic conventionality, but to lean on it. There was just one problem left: to keep up this dynamic balance he achieved.