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Гипотеза Якобсона, Глеб / Иванович и перверсия: безумие Г.И. Успенского и его рассказ "Выпрямила"

The paper focuses on analysis of discourse of G. Uspensky’s mental disorder. Drawing from R. Jakobson’s hypothesis, according to which the writer’s insanity is connected to his tendency to metonymy, I analyze G. Uspensky’s hallucinations and delusional ideas. Personality dissociation, observed during the period of disease, is explained by a metonymic cognitive pattern, which “split” the writer’s conception of sexuality in a special manner. Having established that writer’s ambiguous attitude towards sexuality is a semantic core of his delusional discourse, I examine a short story “Straightened” (1885) and prove that its semantic structure is motivated by the same diseased thoughts and attempts to comprehend sexuality in an uncontradictory way.