“Deviant” Text in the Historical Narrative of Old Russia: Typology of Plots, Poetics, Hermeneutics (Russian Science Foundation Project no. 24-28-00091 https://rscf.ru/project/24-28-00091/)


Project Leader: Olga A. Tufanova, DSc in Philology, Leading Research Fellow, А.M. Gorky Institute of World Literature of the Russian Academy of Sciences
Main Developer: Natalia A. Demicheva, PhD in Philology, Senior Researcher, А.M. Gorky Institute of World Literature of the Russian Academy of Sciences
Project implementation period: 2024–2025
Project activities
  • On February 19, 2024, Natalia A. Demicheva made a presentation report "The Anthropophagic Plot about Eating a Child in Ancient Russian Historical Works" at the VII Ilyushin Conference that was organized by the Philological Faculty of Lomonosov Moscow State University (on February 19–20, 2024)

Program of conference



Abstract of the report: The presentation considers one of the "deviant" plots, the attention in which is focused on human actions that violate legal, social and moral norms — the plot of the murder and eating of a child by its mother in ancient Russian historical works dedicated to the siege of Jerusalem by Titus in 70 AD (in the Old Russian translation of the "History of the Jewish War" by Josephus Flavius, Tikhonravovsky Chronograph, in the 2nd edition of Chronicler of Hellenic and Roman, in the Russian Chronograph of 1512, and in Chronograph of 1617). The initial situation that led to the deviant behavior of a woman is described; the differences in personal motivation in various texts are revealed; the composition of these anthropophagic fragments in works about the siege of Jerusalem, their role in the works are analyzed, the functions of monologues and dialogues in them and the means by which the author's assessment are expressed.

  • On March 29, 2024 at the the meeting of the Department of Old Slavic literature of IWL RAS will be held the report of Olga A. Tufanova “The Problem of ‘Deviant’ Texts in the Historical Narrative of Old Russia: the Theoretical and Literary Aspect”
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