Heritage of Centuries | 2017 | No. 1 (9)Marina Sharoiko


Vladimir Makanin’s Short
Story “Caucasian Captive“:
the Transformation of Literary Dominants
of the Traditional Motive


© Marina V. Sharoiko

Cand. Sci. (National Literature), Assos. Prof.,
Department of the History of Russian Literature, Theory
of Literature and Critic, Kuban State University



Аbstract: The short story of Vladimir S. Makanin is compared in a motivational aspect with the works of the classics of the 19th century. Relying on the classical tradition, the writer creates a functional multivalued motive of captivity through metaphorization and partial leveling of the binary opposition „captivity / freedom“. The author of the article notes that in the realistic (Leo Tolstoy) and postrealistic (Vladimir Makanin) space the established literary types of the Russian soldier and mountaineers are losing their heroic content while preserving their moral aspect. In the work of V. Makanin there is no heroic pathos of the war that is depicted in the conventional perspective. The motive of beauty in B. Makanins’s short story is closely connected with the religious and artistic philosophy of the classics of the 19th century, but it was realized in the new conditions of transitional time. The study of the modification and transformation of the literary dominants of the “Caucasian” motive in contemporary literature makes it possible to reveal new cultural connotations of this topic in the space of historical discourse at the end of the 20th century and to designate the spiritual-existential coordinates that are relevant in any epoch.

Keywords: Vladimir Makanin, «Caucasian prisoner», the transformation of the motive of beauty, the concept of captivity, caucasian war.

Article information: Received on February 22, 2017, signed by the print, volume 1 / 2017 on April 14, 2017, published on April 28, 2017.

Full bibliographic reference to the article: Sharoiko, M. V., Rasskaz V. Makanina «Kavkazskiy plennyy»: transformatsiya literaturnykh dominant traditsionnogo motiva (Vladimir Makanin’s Short Story “Caucasian Captive“: the Transformation of Literary Dominants of the Traditional Motive), Nasledie Vekov, 2017, no. 1, pp. 46-50. http://heritage-magazine.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/04/2017_1_Sharoiko.pdf. Accessed Month DD, YYYY.



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