‘Erotic Attitudes’ in an Epistolary Discourse (Based on Aleksandr Blok’s Correspondence with Liubov’ Mendeleeva-Blok)

Svetlana Fedotova

Abstract


The present article proposes a study of the correspondence between Aleksandr Blok and Liubov’ Mendeleevа seen as an exchange based on a highly subjective love-erotic discourse and as an epochal phenomenon of rethinking of Eros elaborated through such a discourse. Particular attention is paid to the communicative strategies of the correspondents in their joint creation of this epistolary discourse. The study of the signatures used by Liubov’ Mendeleeva-Blok in the letters shows her role in the creation of the erotic modus of the letter exchange (through what we call ‘erotodeixis’). Finally, the article analyses how erotic attitudes in the correspondence are replaced with attitudes of philia, a love-friendship relationship.

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Blok; Mendeleeva; correspondence; love-erotic discourse; Eros; erotodeixis

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