Vol 76, NO 3 (2017)

Pages: 5-22
Author: Pavel F. Uspenskij
Information about the author: Candidate of Philology, PhD, Lecturer at the School of Philology at the National Research University “Higher School of Economics”, 21/4 Staraya Basmannaya Str., Moscow, 105066, Russia paveluspenskij@gmail.com
Absract: In this article we will examine the influence of Alexander Herzen, perhaps the most famous Russian émigré of the 19 th century, on the worldview of Vladislav Khodasevich and on the poetics of the latter’s poetry written in emigration. In this study it will be shown that Herzen’s relationship to the Europe of his day and its bourgeois values and political programs was a model for Khodasevich and influenced some of the poems in European Night. The title of this collection of poems and many features of its poetics (the position of the observer, the description of the “deformity” of European culture, political themes that occasionally appear) illustrate Khodasevich’s indebtedness to the works of Herzen. In this article we will also investigate Khodasevich’s social and political views and discuss the question of the pragmatics of his poems written in emigration.
Keywords: Vladislav Khodasevich, Alexander Herzen, European Night, Russian and the West, poetics, Russian émigré literature, satire poetry, the perception of emigrants in the Soviet Union, Nikolay Nekrasov.
Pages: 23-29
Author: Nikolay L. Vasilyev
Information about the author: Doctor of Philological Sciences, Professor at the Russian Language Department of the Ogarev National Research Mordovia State University, 68 Bolshevistskaya Str., Saransk, 430005, Russia nikolai_vasiliev@mail.ru
Absract: The article deals with lexicographic projects, old and recent, which have aspired to reflect the national lan- guage in all its stylistic and styled manifestations, i.e. proceeding from the idea of the dictionary-thesaurus. Our inference is that, for the time being, no dictionary represents Russian language entirely enough, and various attempts of academic dictionaries to combine descriptive and prescriptive principles when accounting for the vocabulary are, in reality, contradictory. The author offers, as an alternative, the idea of creating an electronic “card” catalogue (e-files) of lexemes of the Russian language, which would capture all its elements with utter completeness, operativeness (neologisms), with inclusion of hyperlinks, as following the model of the “General Dictionary of the Modern Russian Language”.
Keywords: dictionaries, dictionary / thesaurus, a descriptive dictionary, a prescriptive dictionary, national language.
Pages: 30-39
Author: Evgeny V. Kazartsev
Information about the author: Candidate of Philological Sciences, Professor of the National Research University Higher School of Economics, 17 Promyshlennaya Str., St. Petersburg, 198099, Russia kazar@list.ru
Absract: The article explores the sources of early Russian iambic poetry in the context of the modernization of verse that was underway in Northern Europe in the 17 th –18 th centuries. It advances a hypothesis on the link be- tween German and Dutch iambic poetry and the influence of both on the early work of Mikhail Lomonosov. A typology of prosodic organization of iambs in different language is put forward. In particular, similarities in the rhythmic structure of early Russian, German and Dutch iambic tetrameters are considered, suggesting the dependence of Russian iambs on their putative German models. The stress profiles of iambic tetrameter in Lomonosov and Opitz are shown to be analogous. An explanation of this phenomenon is attempted based on an analysis of the language prosody.
Keywords: verse reform, 17 th and 18 th centuries, Russian, German, Dutch, iambs, rhythm, metrics, stress profile, linguistic models of meter.
Pages: 40-46
Department: Materials and Notes
Author: Vladimir I. Karasik
Information about the author: Doctor of Philological Sciences, Professor at the Volgograd State Socio-Pedagogical University, 27 Pospect Lenina, Volgograd, 400066, Russia vkarasik@yandex.ru
Absract: The article is devoted to allegoric miniatures by Felix Krivin (1928–2016), a talented master of ironical observations of human nature. His short fables and commentaries are marked with mild irony, lapidary precision and evident connection with the Soviet reality. The texts analyzed make it possible to appreciate the main trends of moralistic modifications   – paradoxical conclusions of human character compared to any phenomenon of reality, including animals, plants, everyday objects and scientific notions, allusions to well- known texts and easily recognizable life style, ludic transformations of sadness and joy in their inseparable connection, multidimensionality of contradictory reality.
Keywords: Felix Krivin, allegory, fable, edification, irony.
Pages: 47-59
Department: Materials and Notes
Author: Oleg E. Osovskiy
Information about the author: Doctor of Philological Sciences, Professor at the N.P. Ogarev Mordovia State University, 68 Bolshevistskaya Str., Saransk, 430005, Russia osovskiy_oleg@mail.ru
Absract: The article deals with the process of studying the US literature in Russia of the 2000–2010s. The completion of the academic “History of the USA literature” combined the results of Soviet and post-Soviet American studies. This edition turned out to be an important landmark in the development of the Russian literary scholarship. In this context the detailed assessment of the main trends of the development of the Russian studies in American literature is crucially important. The monographs on the History of the USA literature and work of the prominent writers of 19 th  – the beginning of 21 st century, collections of articles, other publications show high level of the Russian literary studies. This survey touches upon some unsolved problems and the prospects for further research of the American literature.
Keywords: the US literature, Russian American studies, genre poetics, American Modernist and post- Modernist fiction, ethnic literature.
Pages: 60-68
Department: Materials and Notes
Author: Andrey V. Golubkov
Information about the author: Candidate of Philological Sciences, Senior Researcher at the A. M. Gorky Institute of World Literature of the RAS, 25a Povarskaya St., Moscow, 121069, Russia andreygolubkov@mail.ru
Absract: The article traces the sources of Molière’s play “The Affected Ladies” (“Les Précieuses ridicules”), which mocks behavior and talk characteristic of ‘précieuses’ – the refined ladies who frequented the exquisite French salons of the mid 17 th century. The comedy turns out to be a dramatic cento, i.e. a text composed of stereotypic theatrical situations and of links to the Italian and French treatises on elegance.
Keywords: Molière, “Les Précieuses ridicules”, ‘préciosité’, Charles Sorel, elegance.
Pages: 69-72
Department: Reviews
Author: Dmitriy V. Frolov
Information about the author: Corresponding Member of RAS, Head of the Department of Arabic Philology of the Institute of Asian and African Studies of the Lomonosov Moscow State University, 11–1 Mokhovaya, 125009, Moscow, Russia dvfrolov@yandex.ru
Author 2: Sofya А. Moiseeva
Information about the author 2: Candidate of Philological Sciences, Senior Lecturer at the Department for Eastern Christian Philology and Eastern Churches of the Theological Faculty of St. Tikhon’s Orthodox University, 6–1 Likhov Sidestreet, 127051, Moscow, Russia vost.moisseeva@mail.ru
Pages: 73–78
Department: Chronicles
Author: Anna R. Pestova
Information about the author: Junior Researcher at the V. V. Vinogradov Russian Language Institute of the Russian Academy of Sciences, 18/2 Volkhonka, 119019, Moscow, Russia pestova2012@gmail.com