Precedent Phenomena in Stories by Milorad Pavich

Tyumen State University Herald. Humanities Research. Humanitates


2017, Vol. 3. №1

Precedent Phenomena in Stories by Milorad Pavich

For citation: Vidosavlevich I., Shishkina S. A. 2017. “Precedent Phenomena in Stories by Milorad Pavich”. Tyumen State University Herald. Humanities Research. Humanitates, vol. 3, no 1, pp. 33-43. DOI: 10.21684/2411-197X-2017-3-1-33-43

About the authors:

Ivana Vidosavlevich, Russian Language Teacher, High School (Krusevac, Serbia);

Svetlana A. Shishkina, Cand. Sci. (Phil.), Assistant Professor, Department of Foreign and Russian Languages, Tyumen Higher Military Engineering Command School;


This article is devoted to the study of precedent phenomena in literature. The authors employ cultural and linguistic approaches. The purpose of this research is identification and description of the precedent phenomena in the stories of famous Serbian writer Milorad Pavic. The article posed and solved a number of objectives: to describe the theoretical basis for the research of precedent phenomena from the standpoint of cognitive linguistics and cultural linguistics, to produce a sample of precedent texts and names taken from the stories by Milorad Pavic, published in the collection “Ruski hrt” (“Russian Hound”), to provide a contextual analysis of selected units, to consider the sources of precedent phenomena. Further, the authors analyze the role of precedent phenomena and intertextuality in M. Pavic’s idiostyle. The first part of the article offers the theoretical foundation of research, the second part is a summary of the results of the analysis. The study showed that the precedent sources in the stories by Milorad Pavic are incredibly diverse: they include the Christian tradition, ancient mythology, medieval and modern literature of Serbia and other countries, folklore and alchemical treatises. A characteristic feature of the precedent phenomena in the writer’s stories is that the sources of intertextual inclusions are somehow connected with the Serbian national identity. These precedent phenomena make the stories more vivid, saturated, shaped, enabling the author to present a unique world that roots from the names, texts and images already existing in the Serbian national worldview.


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