This essay aims to show how Mikhail Bulgakov's novella Heart of a Dog (Sobach'e serdtse, 1925) challenges the markedly anthropocentric view of narrative time and narrative agency that characterized early Soviet aesthetics. By offering a reading of the text that takes into account the history of early twentieth-century endocrinology, theories of narrative, and the post-human approach, the analysis will reveal how an endocrine gland, the hypophysis (also known as the pituitary) and its functions complicate established notions of those two narratological categories.
All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes
- Literature and Literary Theory
- Environmental Humanities
- Medical Humanities
- Soviet Science