The Forms of Author’s Presence in Prosaic and Dramatic Literary Work
Gibraltarskaya O.N.

The article deals with the analysis of the forms of author’s presence in the novels by A. Platonov “Happy Moscow”, M. Bulgakov “Theatre romance”, and in the plays of the mentioned authors: “Lyceum student” and “The last days (Pushkin)” correspondingly. The analysis of the titles of these works and paratext of the plays allows stating that the creative work of the researched authors presents a system with unique aesthetic orientations, which explicate the specificity of creative work overall. In particular, author’s intentions form the structure of a belles-lettres text on the level of “aesthetic form” and “terminal form”. The “aesthetic form” is composed by the author’s intention transformed the main themes of a prosaic work into semantic perception of objective reality. In particular, the theme of happiness and childhood in the novel “Happy Moscow” and the theme of creativity in “Theatre romance” find their final in the titles as they focus the recipient’s attention on the key principles of aesthetic conception and touch upon genre problems. Thus, the “ideal” content and “terminal form” are represented by the title and subtitle presenting the genre indication. The subtitle “novel” in “Happy Moscow” meets different relations with some other works of this author as well as with traditional representations of the recipient about the genre. Genre definition “novel” in the prosaic work by Bulgakov entered the title, but taking into consideration other existing titles, it forms a complex system of formal definitions, which demand from the recipient co-authorship. In particular, it is necessary to reveal the link of the genre of short letters in Russian literature with works by Bulgakov, with drama works, and the novel “White Guards”. In drama works the “terminal form” includes both the list of dramatis personae and author’s notes as well. The forms of author’s presence in Bulgakov’s plays are revealed at the level of genre definitions: play, drama, dream, tragic farce, dress rehearsal, feigned novel. The theme of creativity is represented in the plays “The last days (Pushkin)” by Bulgakov and “Lyceum student” by Platonov. The main importance in this case is acquired by time and space context.

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