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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
  • Author: Aleksey A. Kholikov
  • Pages: 60–81
  • 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: Research Article
  • Collection: The Merezhkovskys and Europe
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  • Year of publication: 2023
  • Place of publication: Moscow
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  • Kholikov, A.A. “Circle of Russian and European Writers in ‛Non-War Diary. 1914–1916’ of D.S. Merezhkovsky.” Тhe Merezhkovskys and Europe. Eds. by Vadim V. Polonsky, Elena A. Andrushchenko, Оlga А. Blinova, Vera M. Vvedenskaya. Moscow, IWL RAS Publ., 2023, pp. 60–81. (In Russ.)

Information about the author:

Alexey A. Kholikov, DSc in Philology, Professor, Shenzhen MSU-BIT University, No 1, International University Park Road, Dayun New Town, Longgang District, 518172 Shenzhen, Guangdong Province, PRC; Professor, Lomonosov Moscow State University, Leninskie gory, GSP-1, 119991 Moscow, Russia.


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The study presents a reconstruction of the circle of Russian and European writers in the “Non-War Diary. 1914–1916” (1917) of D.S. Merezhkovsky. This is an example of a productive interaction between textual criticism, literary history and poetics. It is facilitated by the use of both printed, scattered in pre-revolutionary periodicals (newspapers and magazines of the First World War), and handwritten (RO IRLI, RGALI) sources. Turning to this research “plot” is a new step in solving not only applied (scientific-editional), but also fundamental (analytical) problems. The immanent movement into the “archeology” of individual articles concretizes the historical context of the entire collection, complements the precedent ones for D.S. Merezhkovsky literary names and expands our understanding of the “fluctuations” that took place in the attitude of the author to his predecessors and contemporaries. The formal reason for writing most of the articles in the “Non-War Diary. 1914–1916” is a literary event or memorable date. The true stimulus for the author’s reflections is social and political events. The discussions about military and pre-revolutionary everyday life on the pages of the collection are basically literary-centric. A fullfledged analysis of this supertextual unity is impossible without understanding the role of the names of Russian and European writers included in it, who have become an integral part of the intellectual landscape of the crisis era.

  • Keywords: textology, Russian literature, journalism, D.S. Merezhkovsky, “Non-War Diary. 1914–1916”, World War I.


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