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Ménage à trois как (не)возможный сюжет у Руссо и Гончарова: от «Юлии, или Новой Элоизы» к «Обломову»

Шаги/Steps. 2017. Т. 3. № 1. С. 158-184.
The article discusses how “ménage à trois” as a literary motif functions in Ivan Goncharov’s novel Oblomov. This motif is an important aspect of the many-sided reception of Rousseau’s Julie, or the New Heloise in the Russian novel. As intermediate links of this receptive couple (Rousseau — Goncharov) we consider different circumstances of how the first and the second halves of Rousseau’s novel were perceived in European and Russian literary and cultural contexts. We also discuss those literary and historical instances in XVIIIth — XIXth Russian culture that were based on the idea of that it was (im)possible to find love and create a family utopia in the form of a ménage à trois.