The importance of intertextual connections in the interpretation of the religious and moral aspect of I. A. Bunin's story «Dark alleys»



The article is dedicated to the analysis of the intertextual connections of the story "Dark Alleys" with biblical texts — the book of Job, the book of Ecclesiastes and the story of A.I. Kuprin "Sulamith". The quote from the book of Job is analyzed in a biblical context, which indicates the failed repentance of the hero of the story Nikolai Alekseevich. A careful analysis of the quotation from the book of Job makes it possible to offer a new understanding of the author's choice of the name of the heroine Nadezhda (Hope). The allusion to the story of A.I. Kuprin "Sulamith" also makes it possible to refer to the biblical context of the story — the book of Ecclesiastes. The intertextual connections of the story with the biblical Old Testament books make it possible to explain the probable spiritual subtext of the story, in which the theme of the main character's failed repentance, which causes his misfortune and hopelessness, sounds.

General Information

Keywords: I.A. Bunin, “Dark Alleys”, repentance, book of Job, the book of Ecclesiastes, intertextual connections

Journal rubric: World Literature. Textology

Article type: scientific article


Received: 24.05.2024


For citation: Rodin A.L. The importance of intertextual connections in the interpretation of the religious and moral aspect of I. A. Bunin's story «Dark alleys» [Elektronnyi resurs]. Âzyk i tekst = Language and Text, 2024. Vol. 11, no. 2, pp. 91–97. DOI: 10.17759/langt.2024110209. (In Russ., аbstr. in Engl.)


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Alexandr L. Rodin, PhD student, Department of Literature and Linguistics, Moscow State Institute of Culture, Moscow, Russia, e-mail:



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