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A.M. Gorky Institute
of World Literature
of the Russian Academy of Sciences

IWL RAS Publishing

A.M. Gorky Institute of World Literature
of the Russian Academy of Sciences


Povarskaya 25a, 121069 Moscow, Russia



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About the author:

Lyudmila F. Lutsevich, Dr. habil., professor, Uniwersytet Warszawski (Poland).


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Memoir, dedicated to the memory of Alexander Blok, Z.N. Gippius titled My moon friend. About Blok (1922). In this title, attention is drawn to the epithet lunar, which needs clarification. The semantic basis of the concept of the moon is a complex interweaving of subject conceptuality with mythical imagery and various centuries-old cultural associations. In Slavic mythology, the moon has long symbolized the female intuitive principle. In the era of the Silver Age, the experiments of the metaphorical, symbolist correlation of this heavenly body with the problems of gender, religion and culture are actualized. The author of the article focuses on two significant components of the memoir text of Gippius: firstly on the “lunar” connotations present in the writer’s creative thinking, and more broadly — in the philosophical consciousness of the Silver Age; and secondly, the central concept of the memoir is “the lost child”. These components determine the intentional orientation of the memoir image of Alexander Blok, created by Gippius. Her idea of the “lunar” in the character of the poet’s personality is determined by the mystical “femininity” with its spiritualism, melancholy, deception of opportunities that can be productive for the development of art, but which, due to the immaturity, and the inconsistency of the creative “rationality”, may turn out to be detrimental to the “right” choice of the model of social behavior by the artist.

  • Keywords: Gippius, My Lunar Friend, lunar, poet-child, adulthood, childishness, lost.


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