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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: 568 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
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  • ISBN: 978-5-9208-0719-9
  • Year of publication: 2023
  • Place of publication: Moscow
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  • Ex. editor: Andrey V. Golubkov, Maria A. Shteynman
  • Artificial Body in the World Intellectual and Artistic Culture, ex. eds. Andrey V. Golubkov and Maria A. Shteynman. Moscow, IWL RAS Publ., 2023. 568 p. (In Russian)

About ex. editors:


Andrey V. Golubkov, DSc in Philology, Professor of the Russian Academy of Sciences, Leading Research Fellow, A.M. Gorky Institute of World Literature of the Russian Academy of Sciences, Povarskaya 25 a, 121069 Moscow, Russia; National Research university “Higher School of Economics”, Pokrovskiy Bd., 11, 109028 Moscow, Russia.


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Maria A. Shteynman, PhD in Philology, Professor, National Research University “Higher School of Economics”, Pokrovskiy Bd. 11, 109028 Moscow, Russia.


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This collective monograph deals with the status of the artificial body in world culture, both artistic and intellectual, across different geographical areas from antiquity to the present day. The authors study the motifs and plots associated with the images of animated statues and dolls, robots, automata, androids and cyborgs, interpreting the psychological, ontological, aesthetic and ethical aspects of this topos both in the arts (literature, painting, sculpture, cinema) and in the scientific discourse. The collective monograph is designed for philologists, historians of art and culture, as well as for a wide readership.

Keywords: Androids, Artificial Body, Automata, Cyborgs, Dolls, Fiction, Frankenstein, Philosophy, Robots, Science, Mary Shelley.


Andrey V. Golubkov
Around Mary Shelley and “Frankenstein”: Dolls, Robots, Automata


Elizaveta S. Vaneian
The “Spectrum of Corporeality” in Japanese Buddhist Sculpture

Alexander E. Gref, Daria S. Penskaya, Elena A. Slonimskaya
Dancing Puppets from the Time of Herrad of Landsberg to Our Days

Ekaterina P. Eryomina
Puppet and Artificial Body in the Contemporary Belarussian Puppet Theatre: the Image of Death vs Life’s Imitation

Andrey V. Golubkov
Pygmalionism in the West: Sacred vs Profane Love?

Elena V. Tyryshkina
“The Rudelian Myth” in “The Story of a Barber Doll” by A.V. Chayanov (1918)

Larisa G. Khoreva
Mannequin Phenomenon in the Latest Spanish Literature Narrative World View

Anastasia A. Lipinskaya
The Rise of the Dolls: Paradoxical Anthropology in “Wondersmith” by Fitz James O’Brien

Anna V. Popova
The Doll in George Sand’s Artistic System: Ethical and Aesthetic Potential

Ekaterina M. Belavina
“Old Dolls Pulled out of the Wardrobe”, Stories by Marceline Desbordes-Valmore

Andrey V. Korovin
Dolls, Items and Statues in the System of Images of H.C. Andersen’s Fairy Tales

Nadège Langbour
Modern Pinocchios or the Artificial Human in Contemporary French Juvenile Literature: Philosophical, Ethical and Aesthetic Issues


Anna V. Protopopova, Ivan A. Protopopov
Creating Humans in Prometheus Myth in Fulgentius

Elena V. Haltrin-Khalturina
The Promethean Myth and Artificial Body in Spenser’s “The Faerie Queene” and in Mary Shelley’s “Frankenstein”

Olga K. Ranks
“El Señor de Pigmalión” by J. Grau: Farce about “A New Prometheus”

Sergey V. Panov
The Origins of the Mechanics and the Machine of Desire: Personification of Polytheism, Phantom of the Enlightenment, Illusion of Modernity

Elena Yu. Saprykina
Android in the 20th Century Italian Literature

Liudmila E. Saburova
The Loneliness of the Empty Armor in the Trilogy of Italo Calvino “Our Ancestors”

Irina A. Shishkova
Mary Shelley’s “Frankenstein” and the Topos of an Artificial Body in Peter Ackroyd’s Novel “The Casebook of Victor Frankenstein”

Nataliya G. Vladimirova
Homunkulus in Oneiric Space of Peter Akroid “The House of Doctor Dee”

Iaroslava Iu. Muratova
The Concepts of Human and Posthuman in “Machines Like Me” by Ian McEwan


Anna V. Shabelnik
From Golem-Incompleteness to Subject Integrity: Gustav Meyrink’s “Golem”

Alexandra M. Bibikova
The Ideal Actor in Pirandello’s Play “Giants of the Mountain”: Corporeality between Reality and Fantasy

Alla A. Nikolaeva
The Motif of the Animated Doll in the Experimental Work of V.G. Shershenevich “The Adventures of the Electric Harlequinˮ

Olga I. Polovinkina
The Representation of a Body / Artificial Body in A. Burgess’ “A Clockwork Orangeˮ and the Film Adaptation by S. Kubrick

Maria A. Shteynman
Technocracy and Artificial Body in the Context of “the Fantastic”: “Metropolis” by F. Lang and “That Hideous Strength” by C.S. Lewis

Philippe Ch. Met
Do Automatons Have a “Gender”? The Graft of Art and Science

Alexey A. Indrikov
In the Search of the Soul of a Robot: on the Question of the Internal Essence of the Machine


Kira E. Ermilova
“Artificial Body” in the Modern Pop-Culture of South Korea: the Phenomenon of K-pop Idol

Marina A. Kulichikhina
Images of Doll / Puppet / Android in Contemporary Fashion: Historic, Cultural and Literary Roots 

Andrey V. Golubkov
Dolls, Robots, Automata: Around Mary Shelley and “Frankenstein”


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