The Christian Precedent Phenomena in L. N. Tolstoy’s Novel “Resurrection”

Gulzhan Raspaeva

Associate Professor, South Ural State National Research University, Russia. Email:

 Volume 9, Number 2, 2017 I Full Text PDF

DOI: 10.21659/rupkatha.v9n2.14

Received May 10 07, 2017; Revised July 11, 2017; Accepted July 25, 2017; Published August 10, 2017.


The paper aims to study the specificity of the precedent phenomena with the sphere-source “Christian religion” and their functioning in the novel “Resurrection” by L. N. Tolstoy. The Christian precedent phenomena are investigated within the framework of the linguo-cognitive theory of precedent phenomena. The article analyzes the principal types of precedent phenomena taking into account the possibilities of their transformations in the novel: the precedent names (Jesus Christ, Blessed Virgin Mary, etc.), the precedent utterances, the precedent texts (the Acts of the Apostles, the New Testament, etc.) and the precedent situations. The use of a large number of Christian precedent phenomena is explained by L. N. Tolstoy’s religious and philosophical system built on the commandments of Jesus Christ written in the New Testament. The Christian precedent phenomena represent an orienting point for moral postulates included in the strands to the plot of the novel “Resurrection”. L. N. Tolstoy did not transform the majority of the Christian precedent phenomena due to his devout attitude to the New Testament as a sacred source, each element of it needs to be reproduced exactly.

Keywords: L. N. Tolstoy, precedent phenomena, Christian, New Testament, Novel, Resurrection

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