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Оlga A. Selemeneva

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Olga A. Selemeneva — DSc in Philology, Associate Professor, Professor, The Department of the Russian Language, Russian Teaching Methodology and Document Science, Bunin Yelets State University, Kommunarov St., 28, 399770 Yelets, Russia.
ORCID ID: https://orcid.org/0000-0002-0488-8428
E-mail: ol.selemeneva2011@yandex.ru


Philological sciences




Vol. 68


pp. 273–283


April 20, 2022

Approved after reviewing

February 03, 2023

Date of publication

June 28, 2023



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The paper deals with the mythological names representing the geocultural image of Ancient Egypt in I. A. Bunin’s poems of 1903 —1907. The relevance of the topic is explained by the interest of linguists in the onomastic code of I. A. Bunin’s prose and poetry, the little-studied oriental vocabulary and the appellative-onymic relationships in his artistic heritage. A group of theonyms, the referents of which are known to the reader to a varying degree, is considered as the means of verbalising the geocultural image of Ancient Egypt. Among the theonyms one can find both common units, namely Ra, Osiris, Seth and individual author’s bi-lexemes like Shakal-Anubis (Jackal-Anubis), Ra-Osiris, Jastreb-Gor (Hawk-Horus), formed in a compound way. In the I.A. Bunin’s poetry, the presence of onimicized appellatives Otec (Father), Syn (Son) and Shakal (Jackal) is marked, acting as contextual synonyms to the theonomies of Osiris, Hawk-Horus and Anubis. Acting as key units of the poetic text and referring to specific mythological plots, theonyms interact with other semantic types of onyms: toponyms Cairo, Gizekh, Thebes, hydronyms Nile and Merida, the acronym Sirius, ecclesionyms Ali, Memnon, as well as appellatives such as pustynya (desert), solnce (sun), sfinks (sphinx), more (sea), rassvet (dawn), nebosklon (skyline) etc. Together, these units form a single semantic context presenting the philosophical reflection of the author. The implementation of textual connections of theonyms ensures the formation of the geocultural image of Ancient Egypt in the individual author’s picture of the world at the intersection of mythological ideas about the Heliopolis Ennead and real knowledge of the ancient historical region. 


I. A. Bunin, Orientalism, Ancient Egypt, Linguo-poetics, the Language of a Literary Text, Mythonym, Theonym.


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