Głupi. Inny. Święty. Kategorie głupoty i świętości w „Idiocie” Fiodora Dostojewskiego i „Głuptasce” Swietłany Wasilenko
Stupid. Different. Holy. Categories of foolishness and holiness in “The Idiot” by Fyodor Dostoevsky and “Głuptaska” by Svetlana Vasilenko
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The text discusses the problem of foolishness and holiness in two Russian novels. In both of them, the great work by Dostoevsky and the modern novel by Svetlana Vasilenko, the concept of foolishness is combined with symbolism of sacrum, and connected with the categories of “otherness”, “difference”. In the two novels analyzed, character's foolishness is presented as a sign of belonging to the sacred reality. This understanding of the foolishness fits the characters into the context of “Foolishness for Christ” or “Holy Fools”, known in the Russian Eastern church as the yurodivy. The main characters in Dostoevsky’s and Vasilenko’s novels can be described with a few basic themes: the theme of foolishness, otherness/diffe- rence, homelessness, or “being not of this world”, and the theme of a disease. It seems that all these elements also serve as points for defining the semantics of a yurodivy.
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