A New Manual on Russian Literature
The manual Russian Literature in the Context of European Culture (Goethe's Faust in the 20th century). Part 2 was published at the Department of Germanic Philology and Scandinavian studies of the Institute of Philology.
The author is the Head of the Department, Doctor of Philology Natalya Sharapenkova.
The manual is devoted to the most relevant topic of modern philology: literary interrelationships (convergences) of Russian and Western European literature and cultures, the transformation of the Goethe's Faust image in Russian literature and cinema of the 20th century, as well as the "Faustian theme" in modern Scandinavian literature.
The manual proves the hypothesis that the story about Faust acquires the function of a premyth over time, an initial archetype (prototype). Literature and cinema works considered are thematically close to each other: they contain endless transcendences of a person, his desire to know the truth even at the expense of his death, or a desire to get through temptation.
The manual is primarily addressed to students of the Master’s program «Comparative Studies. A Dialogue of Cultures in the World of Literature» of the Institute of Philology. It сan be also recommended to Master’s students who specialize in other humanitarian fields.