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Нарцисс и «лишний человек»
Narcissus and the "Superfluous Man"

The Herzen affair

Author(s): György Zoltán Józsa
Subject(s): Russian Literature
Published by: Akadémiai Kiadó
Keywords: superfluous man; narcissism; Herzen; Ovid; mirror

Summary/Abstract: Reconsidering Beltov’s figure in Herzen’s Who is to Blame? will lead to revealing psychological traits relevant for the ‘superfluous man’. Features of narcissism and a set of motifs related to the mythologeme of Narcissus traced in the text allow us to conclude that selfreflexion, autobiographical method in poetics as well as a dialogue between individualism and collectivism will prevail, surpassing social aspects.

  • Issue Year: 63/2018
  • Issue No: 1
  • Page Range: 67-78
  • Page Count: 12
  • Language: Russian