Prosaic texts by N.V. Gogol on the modern Russian theatre stage. Author's and director's interpretation strategies

Mohammed, Wijdan Adnan Mohammed
PhD in Philology, Assistant Teacher, University of Diyala, Baqubah, Iraq

The report is aimed at an analytical interpretation of the current phenomenon of dramatizations of classical works as a convergent type of dramatic text in modern liberal arts. In today's Russian cultural situation there is the widest interest in the renewed forms and discoveries of N.V. Gogol’s works and, in general, to the prospects of turning Russian classical prose into dramatic and script versions. Plays and dramatic versions of Gogol’s texts appear in vast amounts, the interest in both stage and screen adaptations of Gogol's stories does not fade away. Thus the more valuable are the modern experiments in studying dynamic processes in this sphere, determining the routes of the emerging tradition in a certain area of Russian dramaturgy.

The report suggests considering a wide range of approaches of staging Gogol's stories, on the basis of productions by N. Kolyada, V. Sigarev, M. Karbauskis, B. Fedotov, M. Levitin, R. Feodori. The variety of stylistic solutions requires a synthetic analytical approach, which makes it possible to identify the trends in the dramatic process in a wide range of productions, the counter-movement of literary drama development and the influential laws of the stage at the turn of the 20th and 21st centuries.

There is a certain potential for dramatic transformation of Gogol's stories into different types of dramatic text in accordance with different strategies of the authors of plays and dramatic versions at the turn of the 1990s-2000s. On the example of theatrical adaptations of Malorosskie stories there are revealed the mechanisms of understanding the classical text during its deconstruction and decoding in a new mental situation. Particular attention in the report is drawn to the demand for the mystical prose of N.V. Gogol in the dramatic experiments of the modern post-dramatic orientation of the XXI century. Such analytical approach to modern mechanisms of dramatic transformation of classical prose combines academic literary methods in analysis along with the study of the philological potential of theatre reviews. It allows us to trace the trend of dialogue between literature and theatre addressing to Gogol's works, which are in great demand on stage and in cinema.

Keywords: Gogol, dramaturgy, Russian literature, dramatic inetrpretation, Russian theatre, theatre of the 21st century