Specific nature of risorial word in the letters of A. S. Pushkin and M. Y. Lermontov (on hidden intertextuality)


Risorial word is one of the most important mechanisms of producing a comical effect in fictional and nonfictional discourse of Russian literature in the first third of the 19th century. Among the elements, which are responsible for the hybrid nature of risorial word, intertextuality is of special importance, including the cases when it is presented implicitly, in the form of barely recognizable quotations, allegories, parodies, etc.

The article analyses several cases of intertextuality of risorial word in the letters of A. S. Pushkin and M. Y. Lermontov, the letters in which they raise the issues of artistic practices and literary life. Particular attention is paid to the letters, including verse meta-descriptions whose nature of risorial word is associated with reading and studying Shakespeare. The article concludes that there are different forms of intertextuality. In the letters of M. Y. Lermontov, risorial word is clearly Shakespearean, while in Pushkin’s letters Shakespearean nature of risorial word is not so evident, which can be regarded as a hidden form of risorial word intertextuality.

Key words: 

laughter, risorial word, A. S. Pushkin, M. Y. Lermontov, W. Shakespeare, letters, intertextuality.

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