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Functions of plot associations from classical literature in B. Akunin’s game projects about Fandorin and Pelagia

N.G. Bobkova
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UDC 821.161.1  


Bobkova Natalia G.,

Candidate of Philology, Teacher

Linguistic Gymnasium No. 3 (Ulan-Ude)



The article is devoted to novels by B. Akunin who uses the quotations, reminiscences and subjects of classical authos for the realization of his detective projects. The scientific novelty of the article lies in the fact that an attempt is made to investigate the role of quotations and reminiscences, plot, figurative and stylistic associations borrowed from Russian and foreign classical literature in B. Akunin’s detective novels about Fandorin and Pelagia. In the intertextual space of the writer’s novels, themes and motives from the novels of F.M. Dostoevsky, N.V. Gogol, M.A. Bulgakov, M.Yu. Lermontov and other writers. The writer skillfully combines foreign classics with detective intrigue. The image of detective Erast Fandorin is a fusion of features of Sherlock Holmes, William of Baskerville, Prince Florizel: the image of the nun Pelagia — Miss Marple and Father Brown. The motives, style, language of the classics of Russian literature determine the stylistic originality of the modern writer. The stylization of the writer’s novels not only makes it possible to strike up a literary game with a reader — a connoisseur of classical literature, at the same time, counting on a detective lover, but also makes it possible to overcome the difference between two cultural fields: elite literature and mass literature.

Keywords: postmodernism, detective project, game, quotes, reminiscences, plot and stylistic associations.



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