This article is devoted to the search for the sources of this conscious distancing of the formalists from comparative approaches, including polemics with the concept of universal literary criticism of Alexander Veselovsky, to which the members of Opojka were quite neutral at an early stage. However, in the 1920s, the idea of "nation-centeredness" began to prevail in international humanitarian thought-an explanation of the peculiarities of political and cultural development by the internal dynamics of the development of the nation and national culture. In the primary attention of the Opoiazers as literary theorists to the laws of their own, individually taken literature - outside international and intercultural connections and influences - one can see the reflection of this process.
This article is devoted to Galin Tihanov’s book The Birth and Death of Literary Theory (2019). In this paper literary scholars and historians of ideas discuss its hypotheses and arguments, as well as the fortunes of the Theory itself.