13th Conference of the Estonian Association of Comparative Literature (EACL), 2019
The article provides an overview of the main results of the 2nd Online Conference of Young Scholars “Understanding the East” held in Zoom on April 23–24, 2020. Conducted since 2019, academic and practical Conferences of young scholars try to form a new tradition of multidisciplinary meetings of young researchers of the East. This was the first on-line conference of such scope, held jointly by the Institute of Oriental Studies, RAS (IOS RAS), and the Oriental Department of the State Academic University for the Humanities (GAUGN). Such conventions of young Oriental scholars are thought to become traditional venue for discussions and talks by juvenile academics starting their journey in research from various scholarly and educational centers throughout Russia.Dozens of talks were delivered at the Conference— young researchers of Asia and Africa held several panels, led by venerable orientalists, joining them via ZOOM.
The article explores the “encyclopedic” properties of Madeleine Thien’s Do Not Say We Have Nothing (2016), seeking to define the novel as inherently comparative, i.e. requiring no literary counterparts from other cultures to make room for comparative analysis. Written from a transpacific perspective of a millennial Vancouver-based daughter of Chinese immigrants, who accumulates second-hand narrative knowledge about 20th-century China, the novel embraces facts from history, music, literature, architecture, geometry, and calligraphy saturating its several subplots. The primary narrator resorts to a career in mathematics to escape the trauma of her father’s suicide. Memories of her father, an ex-concert pianist, are triggered by music, which also provides a structural model for organizing the stories of two Chinese families between 1940s and 2010s. The resulting “repository of unofficial history” reaches out for Thien’s readers to not only be informed about facts, but also connect sympathetically with storyworld experiences. Disputably a mega-/systems/maximalist novel, Do Not Say We Have Nothing is sufficiently “big, ambitious” and “encyclopedic” to join a disproportionately male body of long fictions and be challenged with Wood’s (2000) “hysterical realism” label.
The review covers the studies implemented at the intersection of cognitive and affective sciences that were presented at the conference of the International Society for Research on Emotion (ISRE) in July 2019 in Amsterdam. Three groups of studies are described: (1) interaction between emotional and cognitive processes — the most popular topics were the relationships between emotions and executive functions, memory, and decision making; (2) emotion perception including biological and social determinants of emotion perception, cross-cultural specificity of emotional expressions, and the role of facial mimicry; and (3) affective computing — the design of systems used for recognition and simulation of human emotions. The conference demonstrates the popularity of studies of the interactions between emotion and cognition.
The article is devoted to the space of the sky and heaven in the poetry of Marina Cvetaeva and Boris Pasternak.
The paper is focused on the study of reaction of italian literature critics on the publication of the Boris Pasternak's novel "Doctor Jivago". The analysys of the book ""Doctor Jivago", Pasternak, 1958, Italy" (published in Russian language in "Reka vremen", 2012, in Moscow) is given. The papers of italian writers, critics and historians of literature, who reacted immediately upon the publication of the novel (A. Moravia, I. Calvino, F.Fortini, C. Cassola, C. Salinari ecc.) are studied and analised.
In the article the patterns of the realization of emotional utterances in dialogic and monologic speech are described. The author pays special attention to the characteristic features of the speech of a speaker feeling psychic tension and to the compositional-pragmatic peculiarities of dialogic and monologic text.