Georgy A. Veligorsky
A.M. Gorky institute of World Literature of the Russian Academy of Sciences
Dreaming about Russia: the image of the ideal estate “Reka Dom” (house by the river) in Juliana Horatia Ewing’s novel “Mrs. Overtheway’s Remembrances”: genesis, poetics, reception
Veligorsky G.A. Dreaming about Russia: the image of the ideal estate “Reka Dom” (house by the river) in Juliana Horatia Ewing’s novel “Mrs. Overtheway’s Remembrances”: genesis, poetics, reception. Vestnik of Kostroma State University, 2022, vol. 28, № 2, pp. 185–192 (In Russ.). https://doi.org/10.34216/1998-0817-2022-28-2-185-192
DOI: https://doi.org/10.34216/1998-0817-2022-28-2-185-192
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Publish date: 2022-05-24
Annotation: This article discusses the “estate” novel “Mrs. Overtheway’s Remembrances” by Juliana Horatia Ewing and its influence on the estate literature. Almost forgotten now, this work had significantly influenced the genre of the “country-house novel”, which developed in the 20th and 21st centuries, mainly on its poetics and “mythology” – starting from the modernist novels by Edward Morgan Forster and Adeline Virginia Woolf and ending with the search for postmodernists, as well as post-war children’s literature. A special place in this novel is occupied by the “Russian” mansion “Reka Dom” (house by the river) – a literary estate par excellence, which embodies the image of a serene childhood, albeit with a slight touch of sadness. The article shows what the genesis of this amazing image of its kind was, what were its prototypes, and how exactly it influenced the subsequent estate literature.
Keywords: homestead, children’s literature, Juliana Horatia Ewing, Joseph Rudyard Kipling, Edith Nesbit.
Funding and acknowledgments: This work was supported in the IWL RAS by the Russian Science Foundation project No. 22-18-00051, https://rscf.ru/project/22-18-00051/
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Author's info: Georgy A. Veligorsky, Candidate of Philological Sciences, A.M. Gorky institute of World Literature of the Russian Academy of Sciences, screamer90@mail.ru, https://orcid.org/0000-0003-4316-4630