The elements of cinemapoetics in V. Vynnychenko’s novel “Soniachna mashyna” [Sun machine]

Покулевська, Анна Ігорівна and Pokulevska, Anna (2017) The elements of cinemapoetics in V. Vynnychenko’s novel “Soniachna mashyna” [Sun machine]. Науковий вісник Міжнародного гуманітарного університету. Сер.: Філологія., 1 (26). pp. 124-126. ISSN 2409-1154


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The rise and rapid development of cinematography had an impact on other art forms and first of all on fiction. In its turn, it determined the presence of interactive links, the study of which in terms of expressive means is the actual problem of the modern intermediate comparativistics. Nowadays researchers of links between literature and cinematography distinguish “inherentˮ and “acquired” cinematographic feature of literary works, where the first one, as a rule, is a feature of high artistic of literary works created in the precinematographic period. Quite different artistic mechanisms underlie the use of cinematographic techniques by writers of cinematographic period. Cinematography is already associated for them with self-sufficient foundation of artistic human thinking, which they appeal to, addressing their own works to intelligence reader. Such cinematographic feature of their writing should be viewed as acquired. In order to demonstrate the features of the conscious application of cinematographic techniques, we referred to V. Vynnychenko’s novel “Soniachna mashyna”. It is generally thought to be one of the writer’s most famous works. On the one hand, this is due to its genre attribution because it is considered to be the first Ukrainian science-fiction novel. On the other hand, according to Ya. Tsymbal statement, namely it “was the starting point of cinematographic prose in Ukrainian literatureˮ. In the course of literary work analysis it is stated that the whole novel is based on parallel montage – there are several storylines in the literary work which are developing and interweaving simultaneously in the course of events progression, and according to M. Zerov’s point of view, it makes Vynnychenko’s novel similar to screenplay. The same goes for characters’ portraits: the writer shows his characters only from outside, does not give them complete in-depth characteristics, and limits himself to two or three distinguishing features. All descriptions of characters, characteristics of capitals of different countries, different regions of the world are polycoloristic and cinematographic. It proves that the role of color is very important for V. Vynnychenko in achievement of artistry of work, which includes giving certain emotional mood to flexible images. Even though the novel was first published in 1925, before the era of color cinematograph, it proves that the writer’s cinema way of thinking has already been noted as coloristic. Montage principle is typical for the novel in depiction of events progression in the march of time. Characters of the novel’s memories are alternation of “shotsˮ from present and future. In such a way the writer disturbs linear development of time and, thanks to the montage, combines different time intervals into a single storyline. V. Vynnychenko also uses cinematographic techniques of time speeding up and prolongation. The feature of cinematographic language in the poetics of the novel is that the writer often resorts to description of the events in the novel “in terms ofˮ camera, which is in motion (“follow shooting from the cartˮ). The descriptive and flexible nature of the work, the techniques of cinemapoetics used in it are indicative of cinematographic emphasis of the novel, which makes it interesting for analysis from the perspective of intertextual links of fiction and cinematography. V. Vynnychenko was absorbed in the idea of combining cinematographic and literary ones and was more focused on the external characteristics of his characters, not paying enough attention to their inner experiences which required the literary mode of expression as such.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: cinemapoetics, cinematographic language, cinematographic feature, montage, shot, mise-en-scene, V. Vynnychenko
Subjects: Research materials > Journal articles
Research materials > Journal articles > Humanities
Divisions: Educational and Scientific Institute of Economics, Management and Administration > Department of Foreign Philology, Ukrainian Studies and Social Law Disciplines
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Date Deposited: 13 Dec 2017 08:02
Last Modified: 13 Dec 2017 08:02

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