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Olga G. Lazarescu

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Olga G. Lazarescu — DSc of Philology, Assistant Professor, Moscow Pedagogical State University, M. Pirogovskaya St., 1/1, 119991 Moscow, Russia. ORCID ID: https://orcid.org/0000-0001-5178-4456. E-mail: lazarescu@inbox.ru


Philological sciences




Vol. 61


pp. 238–251


April 27, 2020

Date of publication

September 28, 2021



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In Russian literature and folklore, the image of Ermak Timofeevich appeared to be remarkably responsive to all literary genera and many literary genres. A real surge of interest in him seen in modern Russian literature was associated primarily with the release of the Volume IX of “History of the Russian State” by N. M. Karamzin, under the pen of whom the genre of historical narratives became a kind of “blessing” for subsequent polypotency of this image. By combining in itself two equivalent forces, aspiration to objectivity in narrating historical events and the need to create a multidimensional literary image, the genre of historical narratives aroused the activity of various generic roots in reproduction of a historical figure image, which has determined a wide range of its different incarnations. The genre polypotency of Ermak’s image is informed by his specific traits as the image that comprises world-constructing and lawmaking beginnings, drawing him together with “a cultural hero,” who opens up new opportunities to the world and establishes these opportunities as essentials for further existence. “Taking” of Siberia by Ermak became a prototype for its various genre incarnations. The polypotency of this image manifested itself, in its most concentrated form, in poetics of titles of the works about Ermak.


polypotency, artistic image, title, genre, historical narrative, historical song, tragedy, duma, sonnet, poem, skaz, novel.


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