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Визуальность литературного текста: описания персонажей в романе У. Льюиса «Обезьяны Господни»

Туляков Д. С.

The modern concept of literary visuality, defined as those features of a literary text which trigger a vivid and memorable image to appear in the reader’s consciousness, is in stark contrast with the research tradition which treats visuality as manifestation of the visual arts’ influence on a text. Based on this modern approach, we consider the visuality of the characters’ descriptions in Wyndham Lewis’s modernist novel “The Apes of God” (1931). Our analysis of Lewis’s text in the aspects of its intention to establish sensorimotor transfer between the character and the reader, its rendering of visual experience, and its strategy to defamiliarize the habitual course of readerly visualization shows that Lewis’s style is characterized by a counterproductive visuality whose effect and interpretation does not require a recourse to the artist’s painterly aesthetics.