On the Border/ Ridge of the City’s Loci. The Concept of Transitional Space in the Novel Crime and Punishment by F. Dostoevsky Cover Image
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На границе/грани городских локусов. Концепция переходного пространства в романе Ф. М. Достоевского Преступление и наказание
On the Border/ Ridge of the City’s Loci. The Concept of Transitional Space in the Novel Crime and Punishment by F. Dostoevsky

Author(s): Tat’jana Jankovska
Subject(s): Russian Literature
Published by: Slovanský ústav Akademie věd ČR, v. v. i. and Euroslavica
Keywords: Russian literature; spatial images; artistic space; locus

Summary/Abstract: The article presents an analysis of the artistic space in the novel Crime and Punishment by F. Dostoevsky. The concept of transitional space and time, that characterize Petersburg topos in Dostoevsky’s text, is connected with permanent man’s search for moral and existential senses and principles. The semantic functions of motifs, connected with staying on a border and crossing the border, reveal the interaction between those motifs and the system of spatial and temporal relations. Spatial images, as the components of a presented world, introduce allegorical and symbolic meanings. They simultaneously fulfil the modeling function on the level of nonspatial terms, that they are correlated. The chain of significant loci, emphasized by Dostoevsky in Petersburg milieu, refers to mythological, folkloristic and biblical sources. The key images: threshold, crossroad, street and bridge, chosen for this analysis, Dostoevsky presents as the places of crisis, catastrophe or as the turning points in a character’s life. They achieve full representation of semantic meaning in the light of Mikhail Bakhtin’ s carnival theory.

  • Issue Year: LXXXIII/2014
  • Issue No: 2
  • Page Range: 155-165
  • Page Count: 11
  • Language: Russian