The Model of Leo Tolstoy and Ivan Turgenev Relations as Reflected in ‘Albert’ Fabula and the Motive Organization

Oxana Tolstonozhenko, Russia, ID CLEaR2016-332;      ‘Albert’ story by Leo Tolstoy is traditionally referred as a pretext of his ‘What is Art’ late tractate. It is usually interpreted as a manifestation of the author’s aesthetics. Thus, the narrative organization of the story generally falls out from a scope of researchers. Leo Tolstoy has been affected by Turgenev, when writing the story. We analyzed the pattern of their relations through the sociocultural concept of literary field by P. Bourdieu. Tolstoy refused the ‘patron – newcomer’ pattern of relations, and the conflict is expressed explicitly in the story narrative. This observation is proven through the comparison of three editions of the story. Here Albert represents Leo Tolstoy when denied the assistance of Delesov. In the study, we reveal the life creation intentions by L. Tolstoy thus bringing a new interpretation of the story, for further analysis.

Key words: Russian literature, narrative, literary field, Leo Tolstoy, Ivan Turgenev.