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Техногенная матка истории (Заметки о происхождении ключевого образа в фильме А. Зельдовича и В. Сорокина «Мишень»)

The first English-language conference on the work of Vladimir Sorokin, "Vladimir Sorokin's Languages: Mediality, Interculturality, Translation," was held in the Danish city of Aarhus 31 March — 1 April 2012. The articles in this section, which was compiled by Mark Lipovetsky (University of Colorado), are based on the papers read at the Aarhus conference and are united by their shared approach to the work of Sorokin. They examine the question of how this writer methodically overcomes the boundaries of the literary aesthetic itself, tearing apart the fabric of literature and transforming his texts into performative, ritual or bodily acts. These articles examine Sorokin's "method" through specific texts: A novel in Nariman Skakov's (Stanford University) "The word in "A novel"," "Target" in an article by Ilya Kukulin (Higher School of Economics), "The technogenic uterus of history (Notes on the origins of a key image in A. Zeldovich and V. Sorokin's film "Target"), "Blue Lard" in Manuela Kovalev's (University of Manchester) "Empty words? The function of non-normative language in V. Sorokin's Blue Lard." The conclusions reached in all of the scholars' articles coincide in terms of a new conceptualisation of Sorokin — not only as a critic of authoritative discourses, but also as a trailblazer into unknown semiotic spaces hidden behind discourse — anthropological, cultural, political spaces — paths to which are blown open by the dynamite of Sorokin's deconstructions.