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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



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Elena Yu. Safronova (Barnaul, Russia), PhD in Philology, Associate Professor, Altai State University.

ORCID ID: 0000-0002-0335-9890.

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The article explores the dynamics of comic depiction of the “estate topos” in Russian literature since the mid-XIX century to early XX century. The article is based on the novel “The Village of Stepanchikovo and its inhabitants. From the notes of the unknown” (1859) by F.M. Dostoevsky and the short story “The Raid on Barsukovka” (1914) by M.A. Kuzmin. It is shown that already in the time of Dostoevsky’s mature creativity in Russian literature there were recognizable stamps of the so-called “estate story”, which the author of “Village Stepanchikovo” parodies in a satirical way. In the Silver age, when Kuzmin created his story, the passeistic ideal of the Golden age of the Russian “estate culture” had been already formed with its sublime aestheticized perfection, which was considered by the author of the beginning of the XX century in a humorous way. Thus, the criticism of the extremes and distortions of the “estate culture” in Dostoevsky’s novel was of a more serious and radical, socio-psychological nature in comparison with its denial by a number of writers of the turn of the XIX– XX centuries from the point of view of “pan-aestheticism” of the Silver age.

  • Keywords: “estate topos”, “estate text”, estate story, estate novel, stamp, satirical mode, humorous mode, F.M. Dostoevsky, M.A. Kuzmin.


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