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Bulletin of the MRSU / Section "Russian Philology" / 2012 № 2.


Y.I. Sohryakov

Gogol and Western Literature of the XX century. In: Bulletin of the Moscow Region State University (electronic journal), 2012, no. 2, pp. 101-110.

UDC Index: 821. 161. 1

Date of publication: Page: 101 - 110

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The article analyzes the impact of Nikolai Gogol's creative activity on the development of Western literature. The world representatives of artistic thought got more interested in the phenomenon of Gogol-philosopher and literary artist by the middle of the XX century. The Russian classic's heritage reevaluation manifested itself in a variety of critical articles and monographs, as well as in the stage adaptations of Gogol's plays in the theaters of the world. Gogol solved the problems of existentialism and absurdity in his own way: he made fun of foolishness and vulgarity of soulless, petty life. Gogol traditions were the basis of the Russian literature (Dostoevsky, Tolstoy, Chekhov) and also influenced the general development of American, Japanese and Italian cultures.

Key words

comic, grotesque, absurd, existentialism, phantasmagoria

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