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Keywords: Andrey Platonov, literary institutions, language standard, dialogue, background, semantic shift, language of power, commentary, collected works
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Moskovskaya D.S. Andrey Platonov and Literary Institutions. On the Question of Commenting on the Works of the Socialist Reconstruction Era. Studia Litterarum, 2019, vol. 4, no 4, pp. 232–251. (In Russ.)

DOI: 10.22455/2500-4247-2019-4-4-232-251

Author: Daria S. Moskovskaya
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Daria S. Moskovskaya, DSc in Philology, Director of Research, A.M. Gorky Institute of World Literature of the Russian Academy of Sciences, Povarskaya 25 a, 121069 Moscow, Russia.

ORCID ID: 0000-0002-8089- 9604

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Received: September 03, 2019
Published: December 25, 2019
Issue: 2019 Vol. 4, №4
Department: Russian Literature
Pages: 232-251
DOI: 10.22455/2500-4247-2019-4-4-232-251
UDK: 821.161.1
BBK: 83.3(2Рос=Рус)6

Abstract

The profession of electric engineer gave Platonov an opportunity to be a writer and feel independent from literary groups in the 1920s. In the 1930s, he becomes a member of different literary associations. In these years, Platonov’s discourse undergoes different changes. His new vocabulary, whether normative and neutral (humanist, stratum, trifle, comrade) or non-normative (fool, scoundrel) reveals his dialogue with the regime that the writers’ unions were standing for. Platonov’s use of words demonstrates not “things” themselves but his attitude to them, and shows a new ideological borderline that the country had crossed in the year of the “great turning point.” Battles for a new language initiated by the Soviet regime immediately after October Revolution reached its apotheosis at that moment. The language reflected the crisis of worldviews, lifestyles, and values. The new meaning of the neutral vocabulary defines the structure and plot of Platonov’s works in the 1930s. Platonov turns to the language of literary organizations that were developing a new “language standard” as a form of social domination.

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