Krotova D.V. —
The Principles of Modeling Autobiographical Myth in P. Krusanov’s Works
// Philology: scientific researches. – 2017. – ¹ 3.
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Review: The article is devoted to P. Krusanov’s autobiographical myth. The author of the article has discussed the principles of designing an autobiographical myth in articles, essays, interviews and fiction of this writer. She has also identified the basic elements of Krusanov’s autobiographical mythology such as ironic self-presentation, the idea of literature as a form of leisure, writing as entertainment, and a writer as a person prone to self-indulgence and idleness. Using hermeneutic, receptive and comparative methods the author of article analyses deep discrepancies between created myth and true Krusanov’s understanding of functions of literature and his own writing tasks. In fact, literature is perceived by Krusanov as the field of discussing the most important issues such as national identity, national destiny, past, present and future of our country. This range of problems is at the heart of the novels "Where the Crown Does Not Lie" (and, accordingly, "The Night Inside"), "Bom-Bom, or the Art to Cast Lots", and "Angel Bite". The novelty of the research is caused by the fact that the author defines and gives a description of Krusanov’s autobiographical myth. The researcher makes conclusions about the reasons for modeling an autobiographical myth by Krusanov such as aspiration to avoid didacticism, and specific perception of literature in modern society. Krusanov’s autobiographical myth allows the writer to combine the jocular form with an expression of deep reflection on human personality and its inner structure, the issues of time and memory, national character and the future of our country.
Keywords: writer’s chosen role, autobiographical myth, Petersburg fundamentalism, functions of literature, Russian literature, moral and art, Krusanov, contemporary literature, literature as the central element of culture, national in literature
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