If Only We Could Know! An Interpretation of Chekhov

ISBN-10: 1566635233

ISBN-13: 9781566635233

Edition: 2003

Authors: Vladimir Kataev

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Mr. Kataev examines Chekhov's major tales, stories, and plays, pointing out patterns of development in Chekhov's approach to characters and themes, and tracing the roots of Chekhov's ideas as expressed through his plots. He quietly undermines many conventional (and persistent) approaches to Chekhov, Western as well as Russion, and establishes a radically new position of his own. Offers the reader fresh insights...enhances our understanding....The book should open a new and most welcome chapter in Chekhov criticism. --Simon Karlinsky. Unquestionably one of the two major studies of Chekhov by Russian critics during the twentieth century. --Karl D. Kramer
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Book details

List price: $16.95
Copyright year: 2003
Publisher: Ivan R. Dee Publisher
Publication date: 7/21/2003
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 320
Size: 5.25" wide x 8.00" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.748
Language: English

Editor's Note
A Cautionary Tale: "Kashtanka"
The Story of Discovery
Chekhov the Writer-Thinker
An Experiment with Time: "Lights"
Defining the Comic Element in Chekhov
Chekhov's "Irrelevant" Details: "An Unpleasant Incident"
Excitement and Exhaustion: "The Nervous Breakdown"
A Play About Nonunderstanding: Ivanov
Chekhov's Debt to Medicine: The Zakharin School
The Problem of the "General Idea": "A Dreary Story"
Judging Other People: "The Duel"
Making the Individual Individual
Expressing One's Idea: "A Woman's Kingdom"
"These Thoughts Are Not My Own"
"Equal Distribution" in Conflicts: "Ward No. 6," "The Black Monk"
Chekhov's General Conclusions
Right in One's Own Way: The Seagull
Arguments About Arguments: "The House with a Mezzanine"
Wasted Lives: Uncle Vanya
Chekhov's "Little Trilogy": The Fourth Story
"This Is a Great Mystery": "The Lady with a Little Dog"
Last Stories of Discovery: "A Case History," "On Official Duty"
"If Only We Could Know!": Three Sisters
A Man and His Faith: "The Bishop"
"All of Us Are to Blame": The Cherry Orchard
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