ONTOLOGY OF AN OLD AGE IN CONTEMPORARY CULTURE: THE LATEST DRAMA IN THE CINEMATIC AND LITERARY GERONTOCONTEXT

Abstract

The theme of an old age and the complex of motives associated with it are often found in modern drama, focusing on the stage and cinema. As you know, the ancient Greek word « gerontes «(gerontes), in addition to the meaning of» old», means»elders, members of the Supreme Council, senators.» The authors of the works of art, which are analyzed in the article, as it revives the lost meaning of this concept, returning to the reader the ancient «ancestral» meaning of the concept of «gerontes».
The first part of the article draws attention to how the artistic representations of an old age in some works of the latest Russian drama look at the background of the modern Western European literary and cinematic gerontocontext. Various aspects of ontology of an old age in modern culture are discussed on the basis of some of the most representative works of cinema and literature. The artistic concept of gerontology the newest epic in the European context and different genres of the cinema is affected . The article clarifies certain patterns of gerontophobia. On the one hand, it is seen as a social and biological disaster, a time of awareness of existential and ideological collapse, despair, expressed in the speeches of the characters – the elderly. On the other – not only as an antipode of youth, but as its reverse side, creating free and/or involuntary conditions for the test of «non-old» consciousness «limit questions».
In the second part of the article special attention is paid to the analysis of the gerontocontext of the Russian newest drama («Gerontophobia, etc.» by Vadim Levanov, «I, machine gun-chick» by Yuri Klavdiev, etc.). The study of the artistic structures of dramatic works demonstrates how they develop not only the realist logic of representation of an old age, but above all the logic of grotesque and grotesque-fantastic. It focuses on how to overcome gerontophobia and artistic ingly modeled cathartic gerontosofia impossible in area exclusively for social, cultural and psychological representations of an old age, but implemented only in areas related to transcendental mystery and dramatic traditions.

About the authors

S. P. Lavlinsky

Institute of Philology and History, Russian State University for the Humanities,

Author for correspondence.
Email: morenov@ssau.ru
Candidate of Pedagogical Sciences, professor of the Department of Theoretical and Historical Poetics

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