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Granice fantastyki literackiej w literaturoznawstwie radzieckim i rosyjskim
Boundaries of Literary Speculative Fiction in Soviet and Russian Literary Studies

Author(s): Olesya Stuzhuk
Subject(s): Language and Literature Studies
Published by: Wydawnictwo Uniwersytetu Śląskiego
Summary/Abstract: The dispute over the proper understanding of what literary speculative fiction ishas been going on for over a century. There is no agreement as to which phenom-ena should, and which should not be labelled as “literary speculative fiction.” Thepositions adopted by researchers differ substantially: some, like Paulina Potrykus-Woźniak or Dimitriy Volodikhin, treat the notion too broadly, including in itsconceptual scope genres as varied as fairy-tale fiction, 19th-century fiction, fantasy,horror, mystic fiction, cyberpunk, steampunk etc., while others, like Tatyana Cherny-shova or Olena Kovtun, limit it to science fiction, 19th-century fiction, fantasy anda few more genres. Still other scholars tend to narrow the scope of “literary specu-lative fiction” to one genre only: such a view is presented most often by Soviet fic-tion researchers, who consider science fiction as the sole form of literary speculativefiction. The present sketch discusses the legitimacy of a narrower understanding ofthe notion of speculative fiction, studying it in light of the analysis of the languageof literary fiction and the unique characteristics of the formation of the presentedworlds in texts thus labelled.

  • Page Range: 29-39
  • Page Count: 11
  • Publication Year: 2014
  • Language: Polish