Svetlana N. Morozova
Penza branch of the Military Academy of Material and Technical Support
Dmitriy N. Zhatkin
Penza State Technological University
Creative works of John William Cheever in the literary-critical interpretation of Korney Chukovsky
Morozova S.N., Zhatkin D.N. Creative works of John William Cheever in the literary-critical interpretation of Korney Chukovsky. Vestnik of Kostroma State University, 2020, vol. 26, № 2, pp. 164-170 DOI 10.34216/1998-0817-2020-26-2-164-170
DOI: 10.34216/1998-0817-2020-26-2-164-170
УДК: 821(7).09”19/20” ; 821.161.1.09”19/20”
Publish date: 2020-02-05
Annotation: The article deals with the comprehension of the features of perception of works of American prose writer John William Cheever (1912-1982) by Korney Chukovsky. The appearance of the works of J. Cheever in Russian language was accompanied by the comments of Soviet researchers who considered him to be an active propagandist of socialist ideas. Literary critical works written by Korney Chukovsky provoked a more thoughtful reading of the works of the American writer by Russian readers. Korney Chukovsky is the author of the preface to the collection of short stories written by J. Cheever in translations of Tat’yana Litvinova entitled "Giant Radio" published in 1962. In the future, this introduction, with amendments and additions, was published as an article of "John Cheever". The American writer’s work perception by Korney Chukovsky of was not unique. He criticised the first collection of short stories by J. Cheever "The Way Some People Live" (1943), for his student imitation of the recognisable style of predecessor writers. Korney Chukovsky believed that the best stories of J. Cheever were collected in the book "The Enormous Radio and other stories" (1953), the central themes of which were the imperfection of the social structure and the causes that caused it social inequality of people, their spiritual devastation. Analysing the stories of J. Cheever, Korney Chukovsky noted a significant detail – despite the seeming impartial attitude towards his heroes in trouble, J. Cheever empathises them, wants to draw public attention to important problems of our time.
Keywords: Korney Chukovsky, John William Cheever, Russian literature, American literature, intercultural and literary ties, critical realism, story, artistic detail.
Funding and acknowledgments: The article is made within the project # 17-18-01006 "The Evolution of the Russian Poetic Translation (the 19th – the beginning of the 20th centuries)" of the Russian Science Foundation.
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Author's info: Svetlana N. Morozova, ORCID 0000-0003-0686-5614, Candidate of Philological Sciences, Penza branch of the Military Academy of Material and Technical Support, Russia. E-mail: s.morozova09@mail.ru
Co-author's info: Dmitriy N. Zhatkin, ORCID 0000-0003-4768-3518, Doctor of Philological Sciences, Professor, Penza State Technological University, Russia. E-mail: ivb40@yandex.ru