Classification – name: Literary studies
Pages: 298-314
Publisher: A.M. Gorky Institute of World Literature of the Russian Academy of Sciences (IWL RAS Publ.)
Rights – description: Creative Commons Attribution-NoDerivatives 4.0 (СС BY-ND)
Rights – URL: https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nd/4.0/
Language of the publication: Russian
Type of document: Research Article
Collection: Russian Literature and Journalism in the Pre-revolutionary Era: Forms of Interaction and Methodology of Analysis
DOI: https://doi.org/10.22455/978-5-9208-0661-1-298-314
Year of publication: 2021
Place of publication: Moscow

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Author: Anastasia V. Nazarova, Maria V. Mikhailova
Maria V. Mikhailova, Anastasia V. Nazarova. Mass Media Workers in Russian Literature of the Early 20th Century

About the authors:

Maria V. Mikhailova(Moscow, Russia), DSc in Philology, Professor, Department of Modern Russian Literature and Contemporary Literary Process, Filological Faculty, M.V. Lomonosov Moscow State University.

ORCID ID: https://orcid.org/0000-0001-8193-6588.

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Anastasia V. Nazarova, PhD in Philology, Lecturer, Lomonosov Moscow State University, Leninskie gori, 1/51, 119991 Moscow, Russia.

ORCID ID: https://orcid.org/0000-0002-3579-861X

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Abstract:

The study analyzes the images of journalists in the works of Russian writers of the late 19th and early 20th centuries, the realities of their professional life and the place they occupied in pre-revolutionary society also. Although members of the press most often act as secondary characters in the prose and drama of M. Gorky, A.I. Kuprin, E.N. Chirikov and other authors, their actions have a significant impact on the development of the plot and the fate of the central characters. The “power” of the press over public consciousness is often evaluated negatively, but the journalist’s figure can be described in tragic tones in terms of how it is perceived by these writers. The journalist is shown as a person who bears all the hardships of forced labor, depends on money and bears the cost of a bohemian lifestyle.

Keywords: the image of a journalist, the reputation of a writer, drama, autobiography, provincial press.