Aizlewood, R. (2007) Leskov's Ledi Makbet Mtsenskogo uezda: composition and symbolic framework. Slavonic and East European Review , 85 (3) 401-440(40).
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This article examines the distinctive Leskovian composition of recurrent, linking and overlapping detail and motifs — and the density and open-ended character of the meanings they generate — in his classic story Ledi Makbet Mtsenskogo uezda (Lady Macbeth of Mtsensk, 1865). The analysis begins by showing motif in a metapoetic function and then considers at length the three main overarching and archetypal motifs — water, life and death; the house and imprisonment; the garden and sensuality; it concludes by moving to a consideration of the architectonics of the text's composition, its key themes and symbolic framework. Study of this aspect of his poetics has a key role to play in Leskov studies; at the same time it contributes to the conceptualization of his characteristic heterogeneity and to an understanding of his overall worldview.
|Title:||Leskov's Ledi Makbet Mtsenskogo uezda: composition and symbolic framework|
|Open access status:||An open access version is available from UCL Discovery|
|Additional information:||Published by Maney|
|UCL classification:||UCL > School of Arts and Social Sciences > SSEES (School of Slavonic and East European Studies)|
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