Classification – name: Literary studies
Pages: 14-53
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: Documentary and Fiction Literature in Russia of the 18–19 Century
DOI: https://doi.org/10.22455/978-5-9208-0680-2-14-53
Year of publication: 2022
Place of publication: Moscow

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Author: Viktor M. Guminsky
Guminsky, V.M. “Documentary and Fiction in the Literature of Travel.” Documentary and Fiction Literature in Russia of the 18–19 Century. Ex. ed. V.M. Guminsky. Moscow, IWL RAS Publ., 2022, pp. 14–53. (In Russian) https://doi.org/10.22455/978-5-9208-0680-2-14-53

About the author:

Viktor M. Guminsky, DSc in Philology, Director of Research, A.M. Gorky Institute of World Literature of the Russian Academy of Sciences, Povarskaya 25 a, 121069 Moscow, Russia.

ORCID ID: https://orcid.org/0000-0002-7837-178X 

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Abstract:

Author’s attention is focused on the form correlation of real life and literature, authenticity (documentary evidence) and fiction, change in space and time perception. Theoretical analysis is based on the great amount of historical and cultural materials, beginning with the ancient epochs (antiquity, Middle Ages). The complex approach to the study of this material allows validating the conception of the travel genre origin and development as an implementation of the archetypical model of a “journey” in literature: journey as the course of life (in folklore); journey as the world discovery and self-discovery (in philosophy); journey as the wandering along the land surface and the space of your own thoughts (actual travels, imagination journeys, etc.).

Keywords: traveling and memoirs, literary genre and real life, space and time, poetry and truth, literature and geography, Homer, Strabo, Stern, Goethe, Karamzin, Gogol.