In Russian literature utopia and dystopia are often tightly interwoven. Also in the work of V. F. Odoevsky (1804-1869) some texts commonly defined as ‘utopian’ are in fact intertwined with a dark irony that seemingly leaves very little room for hope. However, Odoevsky’s dystopias should never be taken literally, on the contrary it is necessary to consider the specific cultural context in which they are placed, i.e., the paradoxical debate inspired by Menippean satire. The purpose of this paper is to identify in the writer’s two early texts, The Old People, or The Isle of Panchaia (1824) and Two Days in the Life of the Terrestrial Globe (1828), the presence of narrative elements which can be attributed to the utopian/dystopian topos and to define their principal features and probable derivative texts. In so doing, all the clues indispensable for an exhaustive reconstruction of the artistic process will be brought together, a process which, at the end of the 1830s, led to the genesis of two of Odoevsky’s famous dystopias set in the frame novel Russian Nights (1844), i.e, The Last Suicide and The City Without a Name (first published in 1839), as well as the unfinished The Year 4338 (1835-40).
|Titolo:||Utopia e distopia nella prosa di Vladimir Odoevskij. Alcuni indizi nelle opere giovanili|
|Titolo del periodico:||STUDI SLAVISTICI|
|Anno di pubblicazione:||2008|
|Citazione:||Utopia e distopia nella prosa di Vladimir Odoevskij. Alcuni indizi nelle opere giovanili / Mingati, Adalgisa. - In: STUDI SLAVISTICI. - ISSN 1824-7601. - ELETTRONICO. - 5(2008), pp. 129-145.|
|Appare nelle tipologie:||03.1 Articolo su rivista (Journal article)|
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