The article addresses the views of Lev Vasil’evich Pumpyanskii
(1891–1940), the prominent philologist and thinker, the friend and colleague
of M.M. Bakhtin, on the artistic method of G. Flaubert. L.V. Pumpyanskii
in his work "Turgenev and Flaubert" (1930) as well as in his unpublished book
"Literature of Modern West and Amerika: 1920–1929" (1930) and unpublished
note (1928) about K.A. Fedin’s novel "The Brothers" describes the artistic
method of G. Flaubert as artisticism. For L.V. Pumpyanskii artisticism means
the existence of strict creative distance, orientation on someone else’s word,
stylization, particular objective world, and evocative method of description.
According to L.V. Pumpyanskii Flaubert’s artisticism formed a whole epoch in
the history of European literature and had a great influence on Pumpyanskii’s
highly estimated Henry James and Thomas Mann.
theory of prose; stylization; inner speech; objective world; evocative method; artistic novel.