The article discusses the generic nature of the Strugatsky brothers' oeuvre in terms of two opposing generic modes: sf and allegory. Allegory is seen as striving to produce a total control of meaning and to direct the reader's hermeneutical activity to a specific end, while sf texts are open to multiple interpretations. Allegory is widespread in authoritarian societies as a strategy of protection against censorship; neverthless, it is an itself an authoritarian form whose rigid structure often runs counter to its politically subversive meaning. In the Strugatsys' works allegory appears first as a subsidiary generic element but its importance intensifies toward the end of their joint career. Their major novels are discussed as structured by the tension between allegory and sf.
|Number of pages||19|
|State||Published - 1 Mar 1995|
- Russian literature
- Strugatskiĭ, Arkadiĭ Natanovich (1925-1991)
- Strugatskiĭ, Boris Natanovich (1933-2012)
- science fiction novel