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Боль как эксперимент. "Бунтующий человек" в текстах Ф.М. Достоевского.

Вопросы литературы. 2016. № 5. С. 176-190.

Human nature’s complexity and contradictoriness, accentuating the enigmatic essence of the Russian mentality, receives a unique depiction in Dostoevsky’s works. Often we read about strange specimens, whose thoughts and actions would bear typical features of Russian culture. The article sets out to examine these features: in particular, duality and a combination of mutually excluding qualities. In focus is violence committed by Dostoevsky’s characters, which inexplicably shifts from self-inflicted injuries to targeting of the outside world. The author suggests that it is caused by the character’s being torn between two conflicting urges, that eventually gives rise to duality. Thus, the character plays both roles: that of God and that of the master. These divine and sovereign characteristics can be measured through a discourse of pain, through perpetration of experimental violence.