Ivanov: The perils of typicality

Reid, J. (2008) Ivanov: The perils of typicality. Bulletin of the North American Chekhov Society, XVI (1). pp. 19-44.

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Abstract

The essay seeks to offer a fresh perspective upon Chekhov’s Ivanov as a political play that deploys a highly subtle rhetorical tool – a rhetoric of objectivity. While Chekhov deplored the use of fixed types and typologies, his attempt to undermine a key Russian stereotype of the period (‘the superfluous man’) is shown to depend upon a psychological typology of questionable validity, making use the concept of ‘excitability’.

Item Type:Article
Uncontrolled Keywords:Chekhov, Ivanov, typicality, Russian drama
Faculty/Department:Faculty of Arts, Creative Industries and Education > Department of Arts and Cultural Industries
ID Code:10657
Deposited By: G. Brown
Deposited On:30 Jul 2010 14:09
Last Modified:12 Aug 2013 08:02

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