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Dr. Slav N. Gratchev

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Introduction. The Polyphonic World Of Cervantes And Dostoevsky, Slav N. Gratchev Phd Dec 2017

Introduction. The Polyphonic World Of Cervantes And Dostoevsky, Slav N. Gratchev Phd

Dr. Slav N. Gratchev

The communication and interrelation between Spanish and Russian literature have lasted for several centuries. At times, the connections grew weaker and at other times stronger, but they never disappeared completely. Throughout this period, which extends roughly from the sixteenth to the nineteenth centuries, there were single instances when the relationship between Spanish and Russian literature was becoming very intense, and we can admit that these interactions were very productive for both sides. The careful study of motives, forms, and all possible aspects of such communication, even if reviewed only in part, can be both revealing and productive for Spanish literary ...


Prince Myshkin As A Tragic Interpretation Of Don Quixote, Slav N. Gratchev Phd Dec 2016

Prince Myshkin As A Tragic Interpretation Of Don Quixote, Slav N. Gratchev Phd

Dr. Slav N. Gratchev

Surprisingly, although virtually no one doubts Dostoevsky’s profound and direct indebtedness to Cervantes, and the Quixote–Myshkin identity is obvious, no one has ever mentioned or analyzed how Myshkin, the character more dialogically elaborate and versatile, turned out to be more limited in literary expressivity than his more “monological” counterpart. The focus on this essay is the question of what weakened the realness of Dostoevsky’s favorite hero, and what negatively affected his literary answerability.