The Essay “Che-Che-O”: Semantic Resources of the Avantext
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Abstract: The urgency of the research topic can be attributed to the acute need to study the literary heritage of A. Platonov and numerous problems related to the theory and practice of scientific interpretation of his works in the light of the latest publications, source discoveries and textual and biographical facts. Of particular importance for the teleology of the writer’s style and the ultra-textual “poetics of revisiting” characteristic of his writing (the term coined by N. M. Malygina) are the works created in transition epochs. The strategies of A. Platonov’s writing as an artist and publicist, realized in the late 1920s – early 1930s in an implicit and open polemic with aesthetic declarations and dogmatic propaganda aims, in modern science are interpreted in various ways, including analysis of the semantic resources inherent in the avantexts. The article deals with the specific features of actualization, selection, comprehension, and editing representation of creative and semantic resources of avantext on the example of the essay “Che-Che-O”, published by A. Platonov in collaboration with B. Pilnyak in a “reassembled” edition, which significantly differed from the original one. The novelty of the article is determined by the proposed approach to the object of research. The study reveals the axiological role of autobiographical discourse for the formation of the avantext and the significance of the “Voronezh text” for the implementation of the final plan. It also discovers the lines of creative attraction, due to which writers with different understanding of the nature of essay writing and possessing personally specific composition techniques could cooperate. The study identifies the most important components of the creative idea, examines the sources reinterpreted by A. Platonov, including the works of A. Bogdanov, investigates the variety and multi-vector nature of discursive practices, compares the semantically significant episodes presented in the original manuscript and in the published text, and analyzes the intertextual connections and their role in different editions of the work.
Key words: Literary heritage, Andrey Platonov, essay, avantext.
Aleynikov, O. Yu. (2021).The Essay “Che-Che-O”: Semantic Resources of the Avantext. In Philological Class. 2021. Vol. 26 ⋅ №1. P. 56–66. DOI 10.51762/1FK-2021-26-01-04.