THE CASPIAN REGION:Politics, Economics, Culture

Scientific journal

Leonid Andreev's prose in the context of horror fiction

2015. №1, pp. 308-314

Tikhomirov Daniel S. - Post-graduate student, Astrakhan State University, 20a Tatishchev st., Astrakhan, 410056, Russian Federation,

The research is devoted to those features of Leonid Andreev's oeuvre, which tie him with the tradition of horror fiction. The aim of the work is not only to determine the place of Andreev in the genre history, but to define specific literary techniques and devices, which the writer uses to infuse the climate of fear and suspense to his writings. Specific function of Andreev's color-writing, the role of suspense in the narrative development, the motives and characters, referring to the canons of the horror fiction genre are probed in this work. To illustrate those, his short novellas "Eleazar", "Through haze" and the novellette "Scarlet laughter" are studied. The article will be useful to those, who study Andreev's prose and wants to expand the boundaries of the previously studied factors, which influenced his works, as well as to those, who take interest in the history and the peculiarities of the horror fiction in the Russian and foreign literature.

Key words: Готический роман, литература ужасов, мистика, мотив немоты, мотив ожившего мертвеца, саспенс, Серебряный век, темная семантика, цветопись, экспрессионизм, Color-writing, dark semantics, expressionism, gothic novel, horror fiction, motive of muteness, mysticism, motive of a revived dead man's, Silver Age, suspense