For citation:

Govenko T.V. On the International Relations of A.N. Veselovsky and Perception of His Work Abroad in the 19th Century. Studia Litterarum, 2020, vol. 5, no 1, pp. 326–353. (In Russ.)

DOI: 10.22455/2500-4247-2020-5-1-326-353

Author: T.V. Govenko
Information about the author:

Tatiana V. Govenko, PhD in Philology, Senior Researcher, A.M. Gorky Institute of World Literature of the Russian Academy of Sciences,
Povarskaya 25 а, 121069 Moscow, Russia.

ORCID ID: 0000-0002-1296-8399

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Received: March 13, 2019
Published: March 25, 2020
Issue: 2020 Vol. 5, №1
Department: Textology. Materials
Pages: 326-353

UDK: 82.09
BBK: 83+83.3(2Рос=Рус)
Keywords: history of 19th century philology, A.N. Veselovsky, romance, Slavistics, historical poetics.


The article highlights the parts of A.N. Veselovsky’s biography that reflect his connections with Western European science, cites the facts from his personal and epistolary communication, and estimates his contribution to the major scientific activities of the second half of the 19th century in the context of perception of such works as Dante and the Symbolic Poeret of Catholicism (1865), Villa Alberti. New Materials for the Characterization of the Literary and Social Breakthrough in the Italian Life of the 14th–15th century (1870), Experiments on the History of the Development of the Christian Legend (1875–1877), From the History of the Novel and the Story (1886, 1888) and others. A.N. Veselovsky sought to expand contacts with Western European scholars to exchange information, new methodologies, and conceptual and theoretical models. He published about 40 articles in foreign languages and contributed to the introduction of Slavic and Byzantine material to the world science, as well as to promoting Russian philology abroad.


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4 Veselovsky A.N. Bokkachcho, ego sreda i sverstniki: v 2 t. [Boccaccio, his environment and peers: in 2 vols.] St. Petersburg, Tip. Imperatorskoi Akademii nauk Publ., 1893– 1894. Vol. 1. 545 p. (In Russ.)

5 Veselovsky A.N. Villa Al’berti. Novye materialy dlia kharakteristiki literaturnogo i obshchestvennogo pereloma v ital’ianskoi zhizni XIV–XV stoletiia [Willa Alberti. New materials for a characteristic of literary and public change in the Italian life of the 14th–15th century]. Moscow, Sinodal’naia tip. Publ., 1870. 380 p. (In Russ.)

6 Veselovsky A.N. Dante i simvolicheskaia poeziia katolichestva [Dante and the symbolical poetry of Catholicism]. Vestnik Evropy, 1866, vol. 4, pp. 152–209. (In Russ.)

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8 Veselovsky A.N. Izbrannoe: Na puti k istoricheskoi poetike [Favourites: On the way to historical poetics], comp., afterword and comm. by I.O. Shaitanov. Moscow, Avtokniga Publ., 2010. 688 p. (In Russ.)

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12 Veselovsky A.N. Skazanie o krasavitse v tereme i russkaia bylina o Podsolnechnom tsarstve [The legend of a beauty in a tower and the Russian epic about the Sunflower Kingdom]. Zhurnal Ministerstva narodnogo prosveshcheniia, 1878, part 196 (April), pp. 183–283. (In Russ.)

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