Contains concise synopses of the story's plots, characters and themes along with a brief author biography, a discussion of the story's cultural and historical significance and excerpted criticism.
***An alternate version of the title of Chekov's "The Lady with the Dog'.
This book paints a vivid portrait of Anton Chekhov--a Russian writer whose elusive personality and richly detailed plays have left an indelible imprint upon the world's theatre. Every page reveals the joys and difficulties of his short life, his comic sensibility, deep compassion, and often puzzling use of dramatic style and genre. Carnicke demystifies Chekhov's plays--forged from his literary innovations, avid theatergoing, love of vaudeville, and loathing of melodrama. She interweaves biographical and cultural information with insightful case studies and close analysis to leave her reader with a full and fresh perspective on an artist who is as foundational to theatrical traditions as are Shakespeare and Stanislavsky.
This volume in the Critical Insights series presents a variety of new essays on 19th century Russian writing, traditionally referred to as the Golden Age of Russian literature. For readers who are studying it for the first time, several essays survey the critical conversation regarding this period, explore its cultural and historical contexts and offer close analytical and comparative reading of key texts. Readers seeking a deeper understanding of the Golden Age of Russian literature can then move onto other essays that explore it in depth through a variety of critical and contextual approaches. Works that may be discussed include, among others, Alexander Pushkin's Eugene Onegin, Leo Tolstoy's War & Peace and Anna Karenina, Ivan Turgenev's Fathers & Sons, Gogol's short works and Dead Souls, Fyodor Dostoevsky's Crime and Punishment, and Anton Chekhov's Uncle Vanya.
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