Sergei M. Shavrygin
Moscow University for Industry and Finance “Synergyˮ
Shavrygin S.M. “Sensitive” and “coldˮ in the interpretation of Nikolay Karamzin and Mikhail Saltykov (Shchedrin). Vestnik of Kostroma State University, 2023, vol. 29, No. 3, pp. 122–126. (In Russ.) https://doi.org/10.34216/1998-0817-2023-29-3-122-126
DOI: https://doi.org/10.34216/1998-0817-2023-29-3-122-126
УДК: 821.161.1.09”19”
Publish date: 2023-08-11
Annotation: The purpose of this study is to identify the peculiarities of Mikhail Saltykov-Shchedrin’s perception of Nikolay Karamzin’s creative work. In the first stories by Mikhail Saltykov-Shchedrin, traces of his aesthetic polemic with Nikolay Karamzin are already visible, expressed in a rethinking of fundamental ideas about the role of nature and upbringing, about the importance of the environment and society in the formation of human character. In the first story “Contradictionsˮ, Mikhail Saltykov-Shchedrin rethought the ideas of neo-stoicism regarding character formation, achievement of happiness and bliss, assimilated and transmitted by Nikolay Karamzin in the psychological essay “Sensitive and Coldˮ. Mikhail Saltykov-Shchedrin concluded that the main misconception of the Stoics and their followers was a simplified idea of the nature and character of a person, and the Russian author called for the need to move from speculative abstract upbringing and sentimentalist ideas about humanity to an attentive and detailed analysis of the actual life surrounding each individual and laying the foundations of its personality.
Keywords: genre, story, Stoicism, plot, character, epigraph, Nikolay Karamzin, Mikhail Saltykov-Shchedrin.
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Author's info: Sergei M. Shavrygin, Doctor of Philological Sciences, Professor of the Department of Philology, Moscow University for Industry and Finance “Synergyˮ, Moscow, Russia, 55@mail.ru, https://orcid.org/0000-0002-0182-1658