Urban Spaces in Olga Slavnikova's novel "2017"

  • Author / Creator
    Tretiakova, Evgeniya
  • The subject of this thesis is the complex spatial organisation of Olga Slavnikova's postmodern novel"2017". The research reveals that the world constructed in the novel has a distinct bipolar structure, represented by the Riphean mountains and the city of Yekaterinburg with the inner spaces within them. The spaces are opposed as "external/internal", "real/magic", "peripheral/center" with the train station as the boundary between them. The city is shaped in a form of the labyrinth with the transitional zones inside, which the characters go through in order to reach the sacred center-the corundum mine. The characters' movement through the labyrinth and the role of the Maiden Stone, the helper and the mediator between the real and magic worlds, are also analyzed here. The spatial complexity of Slavnikova's world in"2017"is rooted in the Ural "mining mythology" as presented in Bazhov's tales, under the influence of which the author developed her own city mythology in the novel.

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    Spring 2013
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    Master of Arts
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