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Transforming of pictorial ecphrasis in D. Rubina and B. Karafelov’s book “Okna”

Liberal Arts in Russia. 2017. Vol. 6. No. 5. Pp. 417-424.
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Zueva G. S.
Penza State University
40 Krasnaya Street, 440026 Penza, Russia
Gorlanov G. E.
Penza State University
40 Krasnaya Street, 440026 Penza, Russia


The work is aimed at interpreting text and paintings in D. Rubina and B. Karafelov’s book “Okna”. The authors of the article conduct an analysis of episodes with pictorial ecphrasis in the stories from the book and an iconographic analysis of paintings inside the stories. The chosen topic is actual, because it provides an alternative way to solve a problem of word and image relations in the text. The article is aimed at the search for new methods to reflect a protagonist’s character. In this context, the authors of the article compare images in D. Rubina’s texts with B. Karafelov’s paintings, analyze the symbiotical connection of pictorial ecphrasis and reproductions of paintings. The most of the stories are autobiographical what makes them representative in terms of transferring the narrator’s position through the pictorial ecphrasis. In that book, paintings are not just illustrations and not visualization of ecphrasis. Pictures were introduced into the text of novels for presenting main motives and enriching stories by new images and meanings, which could not be represented by text. Colors of paintings are accentuated by color-designation words and are converged to tonality of text. Thereby a reader can interact with a writer and a painter simultaneously. After analyzing of text and pictures, the authors of the article made a conclusion about efficiency of word and picture synthesis for disclosure of the same themes in multiple artistic planes.


  • • ecphrasis
  • • Russian literature
  • • Dina Rubina
  • • modern literature


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