ROULETTE AS A METAPHOR OF A JOURNEY IN THE NOVEL F.M. DOSTOEVSKY

РУЛЕТКА КАК МЕТАФОРА ПУТЕШЕСТВИЯ В РОМАНЕ Ф. М. ДОСТОЕВСКОГО «ИГРОК»
ROULETTE AS A METAPHOR OF A JOURNEY IN THE NOVEL F.M. DOSTOEVSKY "THE GAMBLER"

Author(s): Viktoriya Sukovataya, Margarita Damirova
Subject(s): Social Sciences, Semiology, Russian Literature, Culture and social structure , Social development
Published by: Издатель Наталья Докучаева
Keywords: travel; roulette; semiotics; chronotope; gambling; Slavophiles; Westernism; escapism; fate; predestination; luck;

Summary/Abstract: The actuality of this paper is stipulated by the necessity to study a novel "The Gambler"by F.M. Dostoevsky in the new cultural stage, by the structural and semiotic and conceptual semantic methods, because it has not been done until presently. Also actuality is stipulated by the necessity to investigate the cultural and philosophical nature of roulette in the artistic and social consciousness of the 19th century. The purpose of the article is 1) to identify the semiotic oppositions which were descriptions of a roulette and gambling in the novel as a form of traveling to"another world" and obtaining a "mystic experience"; 2) to research a locus of "the game" and chronotope of Ruletenburg as "escapism." The conclusions are that the multifunctionality of the semantics of the roulette game and its complex cultural semiosis rooted in prognostic and modeling systems of antiquity; it was concluded that the opposition of the "world of Russia" and"world of Europe" were constructed as the contrast between "home-homelessness", "family without family", “trip wandering", "freedom-dependence, "travel-fornicate ", etc.

  • Issue Year: 2013
  • Issue No: 2
  • Page Range: 62-73
  • Page Count: 12
  • Language: Russian