Reminiscences And Anticipations In Literature: The Issue Of Correlation


The paper considers the problem of the relationship between reminiscences and anticipations in literature on the basis of the understanding of dialectical nature of artistic consciousness: the creative activity of great artists includes not only the moment of cultural heritage assimilation, but also the moment of direction to the future. The authors of the paper were guided by the hypothesis of V.N. Toporov on the “resonant space” of literature, which is a single semantic field in which the “century-old prototypes” of the cultural experience of mankind vary in many ways. The modifications of these prototypes in the art practice of writers carry the “genetic memory” of their previous embodiments and at the same time actualize the potential of anticipation contained in them. The research was carried out on the material of the works of Dostoevsky, Chekhov and Exupery. Numerous variations of this type in Chekhov texts retained a genetic link with Dostoevsky and Cervantes, as well as with the Gospel archetype. On the other hand, in the minds of Chekhov's “Don Quixotes” certain features typical of the worldview of the era of modernism were anticipated. For Dostoevsky and Exupery, the concept of Sacrifice, embodied in the images of “Christlike” heroes, was recognized as the connecting principle. The paper traces the overlap of motives and images of Dostoevsky's story “The Little Hero” and his novel “The Idiot” with the corresponding motives and images of Exupery’s story “The Little Prince” and his story “The Military Pilot”.

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Cultural development, technological development, socio-political transformations, globalization

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Syzranov, S. V., & Abgaryan, N. B. (2021). Reminiscences And Anticipations In Literature: The Issue Of Correlation. In D. K. Bataev, S. A. Gapurov, A. D. Osmaev, V. K. Akaev, L. M. Idigova, M. R. Ovhadov, A. R. Salgiriev, & M. M. Betilmerzaeva (Eds.), Social and Cultural Transformations in The Context of Modern Globalism, vol 117. European Proceedings of Social and Behavioural Sciences (pp. 2578-2584). European Publisher.