Mythologizing Image of Komissarzhevskaya

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Anna Yu. Sergeeva-Klyatis

Doctor of Philology, Senior Researcher at the Chair of Literary and Art Criticism and Publicism, Faculty of Journalism, Lomonosov Moscow State University, Moscow, Russia


Section: History of Journalism

The article is devoted to the first obituaries by A. Block published in the very first weeks after the death of Komissarzhevskaya in February and March of 1910. Ac­cording to symbolic tradition Block created the ideal image of angelic woman gifted her talent and life to the people who didn’t accept her. After edition of these texts there was an explosion of funeral publications of different kinds, the majority of them repeated the main ideas and imageries of Block. Finally the legendary figure of Komissarzhevskaya has lost links with her real character.

Keywords: journalism, theater criticism, myth and reality, symbolist tradition, scenic image, mythologizing