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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: 400 р.
  • 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)
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  • Language of the publication: Russian
  • Type of document: Collection of articles
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  • ISBN: 978-5-9208-0711-3
  • Year of publication: 2023
  • Place of publication: Moscow
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  • Ex. editor: Ekaterina V. Kuznetsova
  • O. Wilde and Russia: The Issues of Poetics and Reception. Ed. E.V. Kuznetsova. Moscow, IWL RAS Publ., 2023. 400 р. (In Russian)

Information about the ex. editor:

Ekaterina V. Kuznetsova (Moscow, Russia), PhD in Philology, Research Fellow, A.M. Gorky Institute of World literature of the Russian Academy of Sciences, Povarskaya 25 а, 121069 Moscow, Russia.


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Collection of articles “O. Wilde and Russia: Problems of Poetics and Reception” is a collective work of researchers of the creativity of the English writer, who set out to look at his legacy taking into account the latest data on his biography, literary and cultural ties. The central scientific problem of this book is the writer’s attitude to Russia, its literature, philosophical and socio-political thought, as well as the ways and contexts of understanding his work in the Russian Empire, the USSR and post-Soviet Russia. Analysis of this bidirectional reception allows us to conclude that Wilde has learned much more from Russian culture than it was previously thought. On the other hand, for more than a hundred years the writer’s artistic world, his aesthetic and philosophical ideas have been correlated with the most important and urgent problems in Russian literature, history and social thought. Through the admiration and creation of a biographical myth, through the borrowing of images, motifs, stylistics and specific literary techniques, despite the controversy, denial, censure and oblivion, thanks to the rediscovery and re-reading of his works the process of cultural enrichment and development has always been going on.

Keywords: O. Wilde, Russia, modernist literature, aestheticism, poetics, reception.



Ekaterina V. Kuznetsova “The Way of Paradoxes is the Way of Truth”


Poetics and philosophy


Tatiana A. Boborykina 
Poetics of Drama by O. Wilde and A. Ostrovsky: Paradoxes of Convergence

Tatiana G. Chesnokova
The Metamorphoses of Tradition in О. Wilde’s Comedies: Between the Comedy of Manners and the “Well-made Play”

Olga М. Valova
Youth as a Category of Wilde’s Philosophy of the Unreal

Ekaterina M. Belavina 
Oscar Wilde and Marsel Proust: from Auditory Imagination to Synaesthesia


A look at Russia in the worksof O. Wilde


Tatiana N. Potnitseva
O. Wilde’s Fantasies on Russian Theme in English Style (“Vera; or, The Nihilists”)

Ekaterina А. Markova
O. Wilde’s Social Philosophy and its Reception in Russia at the Beginning of the 20th Century 


O. Wilde and Russian modern


Maria V. Mikhailova, Sofya V. Kudritskaya 
O. Wilde and A. Mire: Creative Parallels

Alexandra S. Ivanova
K.D. Balmont as a Translator of The Ballad of Reading Gaol by Oscar Wilde

Victoria V. Nikultseva 
“The Man of the Universe Enclosed in Dandy’s Tuxedo…”: The Image of Oscar Wilde in the Poetic Assessment of Igor-Severyanin 

Ekaterina V. Kuznetsova 
“And We are Reading Aphorisms from Wilde while Sitting on the Sand...”: Poetics of Aphorism and Paradox in the Works of I. Severyanin

Anton V. Filatov 
O. Wilde in N.S. Gumilev’s Life and Work


O. Wilde in the culture of the Soviet and post-Soviet era


Svetlana N. Morozova, Ekaterina V. Kuznetsova 
O. Wilde in the Critical Understanding of K. Chukovsky: History and Evolution 

Yakov D. Chechnev
The Image of Oscar Wilde in the Soviet Cultural Consciousness of the 1920s and 1930s

Maria A. Rodina
The Comparative Analysis of “The Canterville Ghost” by Oscar Wilde and the Soviet Cartoon by the Same Name 

Elena V. Shakhmatova 
O. Wilde’s Dramaturgy on the Stage of Moscow Theaters of the Post-Soviet Period (1990–2020)


Western European reception of O. Wilde‘s heritage

Georgy A. Veligorsky
Oscar Wild in The Works by Kenneth Grahame: From “Pagan Papers” to “The Wind in the Willows” 

Elena D. Galtsova 
About a Possible Wilde Source of A. Camus’s Play “The Just Assassins” on a Russian Theme: “Vera; or, The Nihilists”

Lilia M. Shirokova
Reception of the Poetics of the Paradox of Oscar Wilde in the Works of Tom Stoppard


Mire A. “Portrait of Dorian Gray” by O. Wilde. Review (Text prep. and publ. by Maria V. Mikhailova, Sofya V. Kudritskaya) 

Mire A. O. Wilde’s Prison Notes. Review (Text prep. and publ. by Maria V. Mikhailova, Sofya V. Kudritskaya)


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