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Author: Marianna V. Kaplun
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Marianna V. Kaplun, PhD in Philology, Senior Researcher, А.M. Gorky Institute of World Literature of the Russian Academy of Sciences, Povarskaya 25 а, 121069 Moscow, Russia.

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Kaplun, M.V. “‘A Tale of the Origin of Vinesmoking’ in the Literary Space of the Seventeenth Century Collection.” Germenevtika drevnerusskoi literatury [Hermeneutics of Old Russian Literature]. Issue 21. Ed.-in-chief O.A. Tufanova. Moscow, IWL RAS Publ., 2022, pp. 294–304. (In Russian) https://doi.org/10.22455/HORL.1607-6192-2022-21-294-304

DOI: https://doi.org/10.22455/HORL.1607-6192-2022-21-294-304
UDC: 821.161.1.0
Keywords: fable, tale, legend, works about hops, collection of the 17th century, Rumyantsev collection.
Date of publication: 16.12.2022


A Fable of the Origin of Vinesmoking from the collection of manuscripts by N.P. Rumyantsev (RSL, F. 256, no. 363) belongs to the works cycle on hops (drunkenness) that can be dated to the second half of the 17th century. A.H. Vostokov defined the genre of the work as a fable, while N.I. Kostomarov referred the text to the legendary corpus. Text from Rumyantsev collection is an apocryphal text (tale) associated with the legend On Noah’s Ark. Fable reflects the parable of demon, who, seeing the spread of Christian teachings, decided to teach one person to drink amusements, thereby wishing to “intoxicate” the whole world with his “accusation” as a counterbalance to the Christian trend. In the artistic structure of the collection, Fable is placed in the middle of the collection and opens a cycle of works on the subject of drunkenness, which includes the Tale of the Highly Smart Hops, Word on Lazy and Sleepy and Drunk, Word of the Great St. John Chrysostom on Drunkenness. The five-part structure of Fable is typical for works about the origin of drunkenness that existed in Russia in the 17th–18th centuries. The genre specificity of text is closely related to the peculiarities of parable, legendary form, but without a moralizing (explanatory) component at the end, which may indicate that before us another edition of a legend based on a popular plot. An analysis of text poetics containing expressive and pictorial elements, designed to enhance the impression of what has been read, makes possible to reveal hidden messages to the old Russian reader. The work, which begins the cycle of legends about hops, is organically integrated into literary space of the collection, imparting compositional integrity to collection of the 17th century.


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