This paper aims at genre and stylistic definition of the thirteenth-century Galician-Volhynian Chronicle both in the context of Russian medieval historiography and, above all, in comparison with contemporary genres of Latin historiography. Main attention is paid to a comparison between the Galician-Volhynian Chronicle and the so-called Second Sequel to Cosmas. Both texts are complementary in terms of facts, but they also show remarkable structural parallels: characteristic disruptions to chronological line, emphasis on dramatic narration, dominance of biographical principle and, in particular, historiographical metatext, i.e. commentaries by the authors on the methods of text-construction and selection of information. The comparison of the Galician-Volhynian Chronicle with the texts of Central European provenance suggests that analogous genres emerged in the same time in different literatures, which were without direct contact. The texts crossed traditional genre borders of annals (consisting of annual brief records) and tended towards dramatic, literary valuable reading that resisted the strictly chronological patterns. Those texts, however, did not assume yet the form of a chronicle, which would have presented the readers with a comprehensive vision of history underlined by a worldview of the author.
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