Marina A. Kozlova
Russian State University for the Humanities
City image as a personification of female nature in “The Dead [City of] Bruges” by Georges Raymond Constantin Rodenbach
Kozlova M.A. City image as a personification of female nature in “The Dead [City of] Bruges” by Georges Raymond Constantin Rodenbach. Vestnik of Kostroma State University, 2021, vol. 27, № 1, pp. 106-109 (In Russ.). https://doi.org/10.34216/1998-0817-2021-27-1-106-109
DOI: https://doi.org/10.34216/1998-0817-2021-27-1-106-109
УДК: 821(4).09 «19»
Publish date: 2021-02-12
Annotation: The paper is devoted to the peculiarities of the creation of the personified image of the city in the novel “The Dead [City of] Bruges” by Georges Raymond Constantin Rodenbach, which, according to the author himself, represents not only the protagonist, but also its organising force. The Belgian author draws on an earlier literary tradition, according to which the city appears to the poet's mind in the form of a woman. The image of the city is built on the combination and interaction of different elements, among which those that are considered in the article: the theme of duality, the motif of reflection, which becomes the main constructional principle of the image system of the novel, as well as references to mythological and literary archetypes. The theme of duplicity is directly connected with the category of correspondence or analogy, which is central to Rodenbach's oeuvre and forms a peculiar poetics of reflection and determines the choice of expressive means. Dualism is associated with a hostile, dark and demonic force, contrasted with the "holy" and infallible feminine ideal, embodied in the image of the perished beloved, who is also a prototype of the city. The poeticised image of the city is related to archetypical figures that are typical of European symbolism – first of all, Ophelia, but also Orpheus and Narcissus, all this through an appeal to the symbolism of water and the otherworld, then through the main character's attempt to overcome the border between worlds and create a new myth about love that defeats death.
Keywords: city image, Georges Raymond Constantin Rodenbach, Charles Pierre Baudelaire, Belgian literature, European symbolism, duplicity, poetics of reflection
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Author's info: Marina A. Kozlova, Russian State University for the Humanities, Moscow, Russia, kir-ha@yandex.ru, https://orcid.org/0000-0002-5114-5627