By Chekhov, Anton Pavlovich; Lapushin, Radislav; Chekhov, Anton Pavlovich

ISBN-10: 1299432891

ISBN-13: 9781299432895

ISBN-10: 1433108763

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ISBN-10: 1453900284

ISBN-13: 9781453900284

«Dew at the Grass»: The Poetics of Inbetweenness in Chekhov is the 1st finished and systematic examine to target the poetic dimensions of Anton Chekhov’s prose and drama. utilizing the idea that of «inbetweenness», this ebook reconceptualizes the imperative features of Chekhov’s sort, from his use of language to the origins of his creative worldview. Radislav Lapushin deals a clean interpretive framework for the research of Chekhov’s person works and his œuvre as an entire

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Every morning when his orderly handed him water to wash with, and he sluiced his head with cold water, he thought there was something warm and delightful in his life. The juxtaposition brings into association such apparently non-comparable concepts as “cold water” (the literal/the concrete) and “something warm” (the figurative/the abstract). Furthermore, in the vicinity of real water, a hackneyed expression “the days flowed by” becomes revived and partially literalized. Летит коршун над землей, плавно взмахивая крыльями, и вдруг останавливается в воздухе, точно задумавшись о скуке жизни, потом встряхивает крыльями и стрелою несется над стeпью, и непонятно, зачем он летает и что ему нужно.

The multitude of readings, none of which may be proved as exclusive and indisputable, originates in the nature of Chekhov’s word. This word permanently fluctuates between the literal meaning and the symbolic. Rooted in its immediate context, it remains mobile and “unbound,” migrating throughout the text and producing new meanings, unpredictable associations, and allusions. At any point in the narration, a word or motif in Chekhov’s prose is at the intersection of meanings, in the position of inbetweenness from where there is a possibility—for the interpreter, the reader—to move in different, sometimes even opposite directions.

See, too, his essay on this story’s “lyrical structures” (“The Poetry of Chekhov’s Prose”). 15. In fact, in Chekhov’s last story “Betrothed,” the narrator quite old-fashionably compares the drops of dew with “diamonds” (10: 206). 16. ” 17. Some of these oppositions have received critical attention. See, for example, Vladimir Kataev, If Only We Could Know! (222–34); Iu. V. Domanskii (16–23). An integral analysis of this story based on the interconnected “oppositional chains” is presented in Jan van der Eng’s study (59–94).

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