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SOURCE:    Philology. Theory & Practice. Tambov: Gramota, 2021. № 11. P. 3358-3363.
SCIENTIFIC AREA:    Philological Sciences
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The Hero of Modern American Novellistics

Sokolova Irina Vsevolodovna, Shishkova Irina Alekseevna
The Maxim Gorky Institute of Literature and Creative Writing

Submitted: 01.11.2021
Abstract. The paper aims to consider the peculiarities of transformation of the character’s image in the mo¬dern American short prose. The article studies some common features of the researched novellistics: asocial and even marginal personalities of the characters, the author’s indifferent or estranged attitude to their actions, involvement of the reader in the creative process. The scientific originality of the research consists in the complex analysis of a new type of protagonist, which involved new methods of characterization. As a result, the research has revealed several different "selves" of the protagonist, which compete, conflict, but stay within one personality, seeming to co-exist without merging. The reader seems to "complete" the character’s portrait, which is facilitated by dreams, hallucinations, documentary inserts, mystifications, linguistic experiments spread all over the text.
Key words and phrases: жанровое разнообразие, асоциальный герой, постпостмодернизм, словесное творение, эвфемизмы, genre diversity, asocial character, post-post-modernism, word-being, euphemisms
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