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“King Hunger” and “Anathema” by Leonid Andreyev and “The Burghers of Calais” by Georg Kaiser: comparative analysis
Khayrulina Ol'ga Igorevna

External Doctoral Candidate, the department of History of Contemporary Russian Literature and Modern Scientific Process, M. V. Lomonosov Moscow State University

125565, Russia, g. Moscow, pr-d Konakovskii, 8, korpus 1, kv. 143

olga.i.khairulina@gmail.com

DOI:

10.25136/2409-8698.2019.6.31157

Review date:

25-10-2019


Publish date:

29-10-2019


Abstract.

Typological proximity of Leonid Andreyev’s and Georg Kaiser’s dramaturgy has repeatedly become a subject for discussion among researchers back in the early XX century, however, the comparative analysis of separate plays of the two dramaturgists has not been previously conducted. Using the example of the conditionally-allegorical plays of L. Andreyev “King Hunger” and “Anathema” and historical drama of G. Kaiser “The Burghers of Calais”, the author finds these points of intersection at the level of the system of characters, language, partially problematics, as well as authorial remarks. The author applies the comparative literary analysis that allows revealing the typological correlation between dramaturgical works of L. Andreyev and dramaturgy of the representative of German expressionism G. Kaiser. The main conclusions consist in determination of similarity between the expressionistic dramaturgy of Georg Kaiser and conditionally-allegorical plays of Leonid Andreyev, which underlines a spontaneous succession of expressive means, as well as the common aesthetic orientation of the dramaturgists.

Keywords: conditional-allegorical drama, historical drama, literature of the 20th Century, Kaiser, Andreev, dramaturgy, expressionism, comparative literary studies, german literature, typological proximity
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