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INVISIBLE: HAMLET AND THE NOVEL

Peshkov I.V.

Igor’ V. Peshkov, DSc in Philology, Independent Reseachser, Moscow, Russia. ORCID ID: https://orcid.org/0000-0001-9881-3429

Abstract

“A tragical history of Hamlet, prince of Denmark” by William Shakespeare is an important source of modern novel’s genre. The hypothesis is formulated in the article. The literary basis of this article (besides the tragedy by Shakespeare) is the novel “Invisible” by J. Havlicheck. The novel was published approximately in the years, when concept of authorship in novel had been created by Mikhail Bakhtin. Thus the concept was realized and even explicated in the Jaroslav Havlicheck’s novel. That is one of the reasons to name it metanovel. Author’s ‘vnenahodimost’” (the term of Bakhtin) is structurally represented by the figures of narrator, hero and his antagonist (Invisible). Invisible is on the one hand a (case) of parody on omnipresent creator and on the other hand an apocryphical fatal demiurge indeed. A comparison of the novel with Shakespeare’s tragedy reveals in Hamlet the genetic roots of all the structural elements of the novel that appeared in the 1930s both in theory (Bakhtin) and in artistic practice (V.V. Nabokov, J. Havlicek and others).

Keywords

authorship in fiction; novel; Mikhail Bakhtin; Jaroslav Havlicheck; Hamlet.

Recieved

14.01.2024

Accepted

10.02.2024

For citation

Peshkov, I.V. “Invisible: Hamlet and the Novel”. Literaturovedcheskii zhurnal, no. 2(64), 2024, pp. 171–196. (In Russ.)

DOI: 10.31249/litzhur/2024.64.09

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