Classification – name: Literary studies
Pages: 342-356
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)
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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
Year of publication: 2021
Place of publication: Moscow


Author: Elena S. Sonina
Elena S. Sonina. The Image of a Russian Writer in Magazine Caricatures of the Silver Age

About the author:

Elena S. Sonina, PhD in Philology, Docent, St. Petersburg State University, Universitetskaya Emb., 7/9, 199034 St. Petersburg, Russia.


Due to the literary-centric nature of Russian culture and the performance of the functions of civil society by the printed word, the role of the writer in the history of Russian literature and journalism of the Russian Empire was traditionally high. Therefore, satirical graphics constantly turned to the image of the Russian writer. The study compares the methods of depicting writers in the 19th and early 20th centuries and isolates the traditions of referring to the literary past and present. Caricature in connection with new trends in literature showed writers in the role of heroes of low and elite cultures, “tramps” (bossjaki) and modernists.

Keywords: Russian writer, Russian literature, satirical graphics, caricature, illustrated magazine.