Provincial town as a spatial model in the satirical and humorous literature

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The article deals with the artistic functions of local spatial models in the Russian satirical and humorous prose of the 20th century. It gives an idea of the typology of comic evaluation objects (character, situation, event, space). Particular attention is paid to the city as a multidimensional cultural text, as a universal metaphor for the state world order. The work reveals a contradiction between the real scale of the county town and the ridiculously grandiose ambitions of its inhabitants. The article discusses the semantics of the province objective world in the satirical and humorous prose, the semantic content of distinguishing between one's own and another's. In this respect, the satirists and comedians’ development of the humorous specific technique is essential (the motives of rumor, the introduction of imaginary figures, playing with scales, elements of mystification).

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Sergey A. Golubkov

Samara National Research University

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ORCID iD: 0000-0003-3423-1520

Dr. philol. habil., Professor, Department of Russian and Foreign Literature and Public Relations

Russian Federation, 34, Moskovskoe Shosse (St.), Samara, 443086, Russian Federation


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