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«Вечный муж» и традиция мениппеи
“The Eternal Husband”and the Menippean Tradition

Author(s): Nina Segal-Rudnik
Subject(s): Language and Literature Studies, Studies of Literature, Russian Literature
Published by: Towarzystwo Naukowe KUL & Katolicki Uniwersytet Lubelski Jana Pawła II
Keywords: The Eternal Husband; Dostoevsky; Bakhtin; menippea; Tynjanov; parody; medieval Easter mock mystery; R. Jakobson

Summary/Abstract: The article examines the motif structure of the main characters in Dostoevsky’s The Eternal Husband against the background of menippea and its various genres. The parodic transformations of the images and motifs of Dostoevsky's previous texts, especially the novel The Idiot, modify the traditional love triangle of the short story. The relationship between the protagonist and the antagonist reflects the ambivalence of the archetypal scheme “king vs jester” and the way it appears in Hugo’s romantic drama Le Roi s’amuse and Verdi’s opera Rigoletto. The plot of revenge and vindication of trampled dignity dates back to the genre of medieval mock mystery (R. Jakobson) and its narrative of the Easter resurrection, posing the problem of Christianity and its values in the Russian society of the time.

  • Issue Year: 69/2021
  • Issue No: 7
  • Page Range: 171-186
  • Page Count: 16
  • Language: Polish