About Attribution of Portrait Drawings of Dostoevsky Cover Image

Об атрибуции портретных рисунков Достоевского
About Attribution of Portrait Drawings of Dostoevsky

Author(s): Konstantin Barsht
Subject(s): Language and Literature Studies, Literary Texts, Studies of Literature, Russian Literature, Philology
Published by: Петрозаводский государственный университет
Keywords: Fyodor M. Dostoevsky; drawings in manuscripts; ideography; physiognomy; creative process

Summary/Abstract: The article makes assumptions concerning the attribution of drawings in the notebooks of Dostoevsky that represent physiognomic interpretations of the appearance of Voltaire, W.Shakespeare, V. G. Belinsky, N. Malebranche, I. Kant. A supposition about an auto-communicative character of the drawing process that accompanied writer’s creative search is made. The approach to exploring these materials is based on the idea that portrait drawings created by Dostoevsky in the course of his work should be interpreted not only in relation to the accompanying text but to one another as well – in the form of an integral ideographic text. Depicted in different periods of time they had a common purpose: to create an image of the exponent of the idea which underlies the plot of a literary work the writer was working on during that time period, or to comprehend better the nature and ideology of a historical figure the writer was thinking about during his work on a new literary project.

  • Issue Year: 2/2015
  • Issue No: 2
  • Page Range: 77-109
  • Page Count: 32
  • Language: English, Russian