Anton Chekhov

By Rose Whyman

© 2009 – Routledge

190 pages

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About the Book

Anton Chekhov offers a critical introduction to the plays and productions of this canonical playwright, examining the genius of Chekhov's writing, theatrical representation and dramatic philosophy.

Emphasising Chekhov’s continued relevance and his mastery of the tragicomic, Rose Whyman provides an insightful assessment of his life and work. All of Chekhov’s major dramas are analysed, in addition to his vaudevilles, one-act plays and stories. The works are studied in relation to traditional criticism and more recent theoretical and cultural standpoints, including cultural materialism, philosophy and gender studies.

Analysis of key historical and recent productions, display the development of the drama, as well as the playwright’s continued appeal. Anton Chekhov provides readers with an accessible comparative study of the relationship between Chekhov's life, work and ideological thought.

Table of Contents

PART 1 LIFE AND CONTEXT

OVERVIEW

  1. LIFE, CONTEXT AND IDEAS
  2. CHEKHOV’S ART AND WORLDVIEW

PART 2 PLAYS AND PRODUCTIONS

  1. VAUDEVILLES AND ONE ACT PLAYS
  2. SUICIDE AND SURVIVAL: IVANOV AND THE SEAGULL
  3. SPACE AND CONFINEMENT: UNCLE VANYA
  4. WORK AND WOMEN; THREE SISTERS
  5. MODERNIZATION AND CHANGE: THE CHERRY ORCHARD

AFTERWORD

About the Author

Rose Whyman is Lecturer in Drama and Theatre Arts at the University of Birmingham, UK. Her book, The Stanislavsky System of Acting, Legacy and Influence in Modern Performance, was published in 2008.

About the Series

Routledge Modern and Contemporary Dramatists

Routledge Modern and Contemporary Dramatists is a new series of innovative and exciting critical introductions to the work of internationally pioneering playwrights. The series includes well-established playwrights and offers primary materials on contemporary dramatists who are under-represented in secondary criticism. Each volume provides detailed cultural, historical and political material, examines selected plays in production, and theorises the playwright’s artistic agenda and working methods, as well as their contribution to the development of playwriting and theatre.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
LIT013000
LITERARY CRITICISM / Drama
PER000000
PERFORMING ARTS / General