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Anton Chekhov was one of the most important short story writers and dramatists of all time. Ranked among the giants of Russian literature, Chekhov's legacy includes The Cherry Orchard; Uncle Vanya, Three Sisters, The Seagull, "The Darling, " and "The Lady with the Dog." This invaluable new study guide in the Bloom's Modern Critical Views series contains a selection of the finest contemporary criticism of Chekhov and his works.
The Bloom's Modern Critical Views series presents critical portraits of the writers that are most widely read and studied in high schools and colleges. Each volume opens with an introductory essay by Harold Bloom in which he offers his insights into the author's work and an editor's note that comments on the individual analyses that follow. Also included are bibliographic references, notes on the various contributors, and a useful chronology of the writer's life. Bloom's Modern Critical Views is a critical presentation of those men and women who, from ancient times to the present, have shaped the Western literary tradition.
Editor's Note vii
Introduction Harold Bloom 1
The Cherry Orchard: Chekhov's Last Testament Savely Senderovich 9
Re-examining the "Coldly Objective" Point-of-View in Chekhov's "The Bet" and "A Trifle from Life" Maggie Christensen 29
Constance Garnett's Chekhov and the Modernist Short Story Adrian Hunter 37
The Paradox of Melancholy Insight: Reading the Medical Subtext in Chekhov's "A Boring Story" Jefferson J. A. Gatrall 55
Chekhov's Stories: Effects or Subtexts? Kerry McSweeny 77
The Masculine Triangle in Uncle Vania Kjeld Bjørnager 91
Two-timing Time in Three Sisters Cynthia Marsh 99
Translating and Mistranslating Chekhov Robin Milner-Gulland Olga Soboleva 109
Against Narrative ("A Boring Story") Pekka Tammi 123
Greek Tragedy, Chekhov, and Being Remembered Oliver Taplin 143
A Blind Spot: Chekhov's Deepest Horizons Stuart Young 153