Within two days, Lipetsk State Pedagogical University named after P.P. Semenova Tyan-Shanskogo conducts the All-Russian scientific conference of young scientists “Creativity of FM Dostoevsky in the unpassed time of Russia.” The organizers paid special attention to the problems of understanding F.M. Dostoevsky in the works of V.N. Zakharov and representatives of the Petrozavodsk scientific school.
On April 6, at the I and II Plenary Sessions, the employees of Petrozavodsk State University – I.S. Andrianova, L.V. Alekseeva, T.V. Panyukova, O.A. Sosnovskaya.
Irina Svyatoslavovna Andrianova, Ph.D., Head of the Web-laboratory of the Institute of Philology, editorial office of the scientific journals “Unknown Dostoevsky” and “Problems of Historical Poetics”, devoted her report to the mission of the unique publication “Unknown Dostoevsky”, which consists in the need to expand not only the source study base of research on the biography and work of Dostoevsky, but also the publication of archival materials, new facts about Dostoevsky and his entourage, as well as the attraction and support of such research.
I.S. Andrianova said that the magazine was created in 2013 on the basis of Petrozavodsk State University on the initiative of the board members of the International Dostoevsky Society. The editor-in-chief was Professor V.N.Zakharov, who in 2013 was the president of the MOU. The editorial board includes world-class distinguished scholars: I.L. Volgin, B.N. Tikhomirov, I. Zohrab and others. Since 2014, the publication has published new biographical and textual studies, unknown manuscripts, documents, photographs from Russian and foreign archives, unpublished letters and much more.
Irina Svyatoslavovna dwelled on the first (jubilee) issue of “Unknown Dostoevsky” and spoke about the presented research.
Attribution and dating of anonymous letters from F.M. Dostoevsky was told by Lyubov Viktorovna Alekseeva, Ph.D., specialist of the Web-laboratory of the Institute of Philology, editor of the scientific journals “Unknown Dostoevsky” and “Problems of Historical Poetics”. L.V. Alekseeva drew attention to the fact that in modern science there are a huge number of attribution methods, but in relation to letters, a complex of traditional methods is more successfully used. Over time, some of the names of Dostoevsky’s anonymous and unknown correspondents are revealed by researchers, and in some cases, by the syllable or by the content of the letter, it becomes possible to determine the belonging of Dostoevsky’s correspondent to a certain circle of persons. The speaker gave examples of attribution of several letters and noted, that the absence of an exact or at least an approximate date of the letter complicates not only the identification of the authorship of the text, but also the compilation of a general chronological composition of the correspondence necessary for its publication. Establishing the date of the letter allows us to reconstruct the sequence of letters of Dostoevsky and his correspondents, to include undated letters in the general biographical creative context. Handwriting analysis of a handwritten source turns out to be effective in solving the problem of chronological attribution. The researcher noticed that the gaps remaining in the study of the epistolary heritage of Dostoevsky and his correspondents are unpublished, unidentified letters, unidentified, anonymous correspondents of the writer, undated or partially dated letters,
Tatyana Viktorovna Panyukova, leading editor of the PetrSU publishing house, editor of the scientific journal “Unknown Dostoevsky”, presented the report “Materials about the Dostoevsky family in the archives of Russia: remote search and access”, in which she reflected the problem of the lack of a unified archive of Dostoevsky’s manuscripts and documents.