Author: Anastasia G. Gacheva
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Dsc in Philology, Leading Research Fellow, A.M. Gorky Institute of World Literature of the Russian Academy of Sciences, Povarskaya 25 a, 121069 Moscow, Russia.

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Gacheva, A.G. “‘Restoring the Kinship’: the Novel The Adolescent as a Prologue to the Dialogue Between Nikolay Fedorov and Fyodor Dostoevsky”. Dostoevsky and World Culture. Philological journal, no. 4 (16), 2021, pp. 58–87. (In Russ.)

Received: 29 Aug. 2021
Published: 25 Dec. 2021
Issue: 2021 no. 4 (16)
Pages: 58-87
UDK: 821.161.1.0
BBK: 84 (2 Рос=Рус)
Keywords: spiritual and creative dialogue between Nikolay Fedorov and Fyodor Dostoevsky, themes of the novel The Adolescent, kinship, non-kinship, sonship, fatherland, brotherhood, family as a crucible of kinship.
Abstract: The article is an attempt to read the novel The Adolescent in the light of the spiritual and creative dialogue between the philosopher of the common task Nikolay Fedorov and Fyodor Dostoevsky. Although The Adolescent was written and published three years before Fedorov’s student N. Peterson presented his teacher’s ideas to the writer in the article “What should a people’s school be?”, the novel can be considered as a prologue to the topic that eventually became the subject of Fedorov’s main work The question of brotherhood or kinship, about the causes of the non-fraternal, unrelated, i.e. non-peaceful, state of the world, and about the means to restore kinship. The plot of the novel is interpreted in the article through the prism of Fedorov’s themes of non-kinship and the restoration of universal kinship, the idea of returning the hearts of sons to their fathers and the fathers’ ones to their children. It is shown how the theme of “family as the practical beginning of love” is expressed in the novel.

Acknowledgments: The reported study was carried out at the A.M. Gorky Institute of World Literature RAS and funded by the Russian Sciences Foundation (RSF), project no. 17-18-01432-П.



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