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Leskov's Ledi Makbet Mtsenskogo uezda: composition and symbolic framework

Aizlewood, R.; (2007) Leskov's Ledi Makbet Mtsenskogo uezda: composition and symbolic framework. Slavonic and East European Review , 85 (3) 401-440(40). Green open access

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Abstract

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.

Type:Article
Title:Leskov's Ledi Makbet Mtsenskogo uezda: composition and symbolic framework
Open access status:An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
Publisher version:http://www.ingentaconnect.com/content/mhra/see/2007/00000085/00000003/art00001
Language:English
Additional information:Published by Maney
UCL classification:UCL > School of Arts and Social Sciences > SSEES

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