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LA VIE NE S’INTERROMPT JAMAIS JULIAN OKSMAN ET LA RÉVOLUTION

Revue des etudes slaves. 2017. Vol. LXXXVIII/1-2. P. 259-280.
Translator: М. Великанова.
Editor of translation: E. Priadko, C. Depretto.

The scientific views and methodology of Julian Oksman (1895-1970), prominent Russian philologist, were shaping in pre- and revolutionary periods. This part of his biography remains substantially unknown. Using Oksman’s personal records and early literary works, this paper aims to explore his interpretation of the 1917 Revolution as well as its impact on his scientific research. The paper gives a double explanation of the problem: a retrospective one based on Oksman’s latest evidences on the revolution and a synchronistic one based on the letters to his wife in the 1910s. The paper also reveals the philosophical roots of Oksman’s methodology, raises the issue ‘Oksman and formalists,’ and studies his ideas in the context of ideological and methodological explorations of the revolutionary period.