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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


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  • Classification – name: Literary studies
  • Author: Natalya V. Volodina
  • 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: Monograph
  • Collection: Russian Estate and Europe: Diachrony, Nostalgia, Universalism
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  • Year of publication: 2020
  • Place of publication: Moscow
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  • Volodina N.V. The library as an element of the “estate culture”in the works of Russian writersof the second half of the XIXth — beginning of the XXth centuries:I.S. Turgenev, I.A. Goncharov, I.A. Bunin

About the author:

Natalya V. Volodina (Cherepovets, Russian Federation), DSc in Philology, Professor, Cherepovets State University.

ORCID ID: 0000-0001-9928-3765.

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Descriptions of an estate library in the writings of the XIXth century Russian authors, performing a narrative and characterological function in the representation of the characters, at the same time acquires symbolic meaning as the personification of cultural ancestral and national memory. The subject of analysis in this article are I. Turgenev’s (“Faust”), I. Goncharov’s (“The Precipice”) and I. Bunin’s writings (“Antonovka Apples”, “The Grammar of Love”). In Turgenev’s story “Faust”, a Goethe’s tragedy, book from the protagonist’s library when being read together by the characters, wakes their feelings and helps them to realize themselves, though leads them eventually to the dramatic final. In Goncharov’s novel “The Precipice” Boris Raisky’s library and the characters’ attitude to it is one of the characters’ axiological characteristics and also an occasion for them to discuss the role of memory preserved in the tradition of world literature, the actuality of meanings that it comprises. In Bunin’s works (“Antonovka Apples”, “The Grammar of Love”) a library as well as an estate itself becomes an expression of nostalgia for the culture that is going to the past.

  • Keywords: estate library, the XIXth century Russian literature, narrative and characterological function, symbolic function.


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