The Evil in “Viyˮ: Patterning of the World and the Text
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The Evil in “Viyˮ: Patterning of the World and the Text
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Oleg Zaslavskii 
Affiliation: V.N. Karazin Kharkov National University
Address: Ukraine, Kharkov

The article argues that the artistic space of the novella “Viy”, unlike the normal picture of the world, is characterized by deformed connections between the world elements. This observation is applicable to yoking together of the disjunctive (including polar opposites) and to tearing apart of the inseparable. The latter is represented in the novella, for instance, as a violent separation of the soul from the body. The dismissing of the boundaries between the opposites results in changing tension between life and death, as well as between the aggressor and the victim, who perish only when joined together. To “Viy&8j1;, the Pushkin so-called ‘sculptural myth’ seems to be relevant, when the alive is deadened and the dead is enlivened. In passing, we make observations concerning motifs of utterance and of glance present in “Viy&8j1;.

structural deformation, sculptural myth, metonymy, a word and a glance
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