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Humanization of Myth in the Intellectual Prose of the 20th century: the Revealing of the Literary Phenomenon

Author: Cuşnir Jozefina
Degree:doctor habilitat of philology
Speciality: 10.01.06 - World and Comparative Literature
Scientific consultant: Elena Prus
doctor habilitat, professor, Free International University of Moldova
Institution: Institute of Cultural Heritage of the Academy of Sciences of Moldova


The thesis was presented on the 26 February, 2019
Approved by NCAA on the 19 April, 2019


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CZU 821.09 (043.2)

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301 pages


humanization of myth, intellectual prose, basic mythologem, basic mythologems’ interference, chronotop, totem/non-totem dichotomy, myth of laughter, myth of the abolition of non-totem-death, laughter catharsis, metonymy. Are a of re se arch: intellectual prose of the 20th century.


Structure of the thesis: introduction, six chapters, general conclusions and recommendations, 5 annexes, bibliography including 467 titles, 259 pages of the basic text.

The results obtained are reflected in 38 scientific publications.

The goal of the research is revealing the existence of humanization of myth as a holistic and uniformly identifiable literary phenomenon in the intellectual prose of the 20 th century, developing Th. Mann’s discovery by means of a system comparative research based on a number of representative literary works. Objectives of the research: demonstrating the formation of the phenomenon by means of specific dynamic constants; identifying its invariance to variations of correlation of chronotop, composition, interpretation of intellectual prose with those of its basic mythologems, and variations of their interference.

Scientific novelty and originality of the thesis: for the first time, humanization of myth becomes the subject of a systemic scientific research; the formation of the investigated phenomenon via specific constants and its invariance to the variation of a number of factors are demonstrated; the “central thesis” by N. Frye that literature re-creates mythology is developed with reference to humanization of myth.

Fundamentally new scientific results. Systemically revealing the phenomenon as ethicizing harmonization of the Universe by means of mythological structures. Forming a corresponding interpretation model. Identification of a special type and a special sub-specie of intellectual prose’s basic mythologems. The ore tical significance. The scientific definition, the method of uniform identification of the investigated phenomenon, and the classification of intellectual prose’s basic mythologems are developed.

Application value of the thesis. The thesis can be used as a multidisciplinary model for researches, methodologies, lectures (on literary theory, comparative literary studies, philosophy of culture, cultural anthropology, folklore studies, etc.) and for developing the concept of the “new humanism for the 21st century” (UNESCO).

Implementation of scientific results is reflected in scientific publications and communications, the author’s scheduled work (IPC), and a special course on humanization of myth.