"Language" of art in A. France's novel "The gods are athirst"

Динниченко, Тетяна Анатоліївна (2017) "Language" of art in A. France's novel "The gods are athirst" Manuscript. Класична спадщина і сучасний літературний процес (4). pp. 39-46. ISSN 966–7486–15–Х


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The article is devoted to the study of the “language” of art in the novel “The Gods Are Athirst” by Anatole France (“Les Dieux ont soif”, 1912). The “language” of art is polyfunctional in this work. The author of the article identifies and analyzes the paradigm of his functions in the novel. The “character-forming” function of the “language” of art serves to characterize the main and secondary images of the novel: picturesque works and conversations about them implicitly talk about the personages’ characters, their life principles, and the relationships between them. The author pays special attention to the analysis of the “language” of art as an instrument of psychoanalytic interpretation of the image of the main hero-artist. Description of his picturesque works on a chronological axis testifies to the existence of a certain complex, gradually sharpened under the influence of the activation of the collective unconscious during the French Revolution. The author considers as the key picturesque way to understand the character of this personage, an unfinished sketch on the plot of Euripides tragedy “Orestes”. The obsession with the archetype of the Savior leads to a split personality of the artist and turns a merciful person into a ruthless killer judge. The “language” of art in the novel also serves as a way to “verbalize”, the writer's philosophical views of the “existence” of humanity in history, and for search, what pathways to progress are acceptable. The art images of the works of the personage-enthusiast and the personage-skeptic create an implicit discussion of ideas in the context of the characteristic categorical pair “Irony-Utopia” distinctive of A. France, on the pages of the novel. Real humanism is opposed to idealistic humanism. The writer suggests the idea of the impossibility and inadmissibility of achieving a humanistic ideal by inhumane means, through terror and violence.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: “language” of art; picturesque image; hero-artist; collective unconscious; archetype; complex; utopia; Bergere effect
Subjects: Articles in journals > Інші (не входять ні до фахових, ні до наукометричних баз)
Divisions: Institutes > Humanitarian Institute > Chair of World Literature
Depositing User: Тетяна Анатоліївна Динниченко
Date Deposited: 20 Dec 2018 13:37
Last Modified: 20 Dec 2018 13:37
URI: http://elibrary.kubg.edu.ua/id/eprint/25679

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