Author: Alexandr B. Krinicyn
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DSc in Philology, Associate Professor of MGU, Associate Professor of the History of Russian Literature Department (Philology Department of MGU).

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Krinicyn, A.B. "The Function and the Ideological Meaning of the Image of Lebedev in 'The Idiot'". Dostoevsky and World Culture. Philological journal, no. 3, 2018, pp. 104-118. In Russ.

Issue: 2018 no. 3
Pages: 104-118
DOI: 10.22455/2619-0311-2018-3-104-118
UDK: 821.161.1 + 82.31
BBK: 83.3(2РОС=РУС)1
Keywords: Dostoevsky’s novels, “the Pentateuch” anthropology, Levedev, Myshkin, “the proud type”, a character “in humiliation”, the “Great sinner’s” type.
Abstract: The article proves that Lebedev is one of the most important characters not only in “the Idiot”, but within the context of all Dostoevsky’s anthropology after penal servitude. The character is shown as extremely controversial, paradoxical and deep. Particular attention is given to contrasting parallelism of Myshkin and Lebedev in symbolic and ideological structure of the novel. Comparing Lebedev with other typologically similar characters of “the Pentateuch” – various jesters and clowns, who voluntarily choose humiliation – the author identifies one of the main Dostoevsky’s types – a character “in humiliation” as opposed to the “proud type”. Both types are genetically connected with the “Great sinner’s” plot and thus turn out to be perfectly compatible and mutually reversible.


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