Date of Award


Document Type

Thesis open access



First Advisor

Maria G. Holl


This paper focuses on the comparative analysis of Mikhail Bulgakov’s Heart of a Dog and Vladimir Mayakovsky’s “How I Became a Dog.” After providing a brief historical and biographical context to these authors and their respective works, this thesis, while it explores the similarities, mainly focuses on the differences in themes and concepts in these two works and how they relate to the authors’ differing views and interesting relationship as contemporaries. Additionally, this thesis looks in-depth at each work’s use of transformation and dogs to convey views on Soviet Russia following the October Revolution. Ultimately, both works represent transformations involving dogs to and from humans and express the authors’ opposite political views about the early Soviet period.

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