The Cambridge Companion to Chekhov

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This volume of specially commissioned essays explores the world of Anton Chekhov and the creation, performance and interpretation of his works. The Companion begins with an examination of Chekhov's life and his Russia. Later film versions and adaptations of Chehov's works are analyzed, with insights also offered on acting Chekhov, by Ian McKellen, and directing Chekhov, by Trevor Nunn and Leonid Heifetz. The volume provides essays on special topics such as Chekhov as writer, Chekhov and women, and the Chekhov comedies and stories.

Paul Allain, Alexander Chudakov, Emma Polotskaya, Anatoly Smeliansky, Edward Braun, Vera Gottlieb, Patrice Pavis, Thomas Kilroy, Leonid Heifetz, Trevor Nunn, Ian McKellen, Arnold Aronson, Philip French, Tatiana Shakh-Azizova, Laurence Senelick, Donald Rayfield, Cynthia Marsh.

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"...there is a great deal of information here to use to those seeking a deeper appreciation of Chekhov, especially in regard to the performance history of his plays." Nineteenth-Century Contexts

"well-conceived and well-executed collection that deepens and enriches our understanding of Chekhov's drama." Russian Review Vol 60/4

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Table of Contents

List of illustrations
Notes on contributors
Editorial notes: transliteration, translation and titles, calendar dates
1 Dr. Chekhov: a biographical essay (29 January 1860-15 July 1904) 3
2 Chekhov and his Russia 17
3 Chekhov at the Moscow Art Theatre 29
4 From Platonov to Piano 43
5 Chekhov's one-act plays and the full-length plays 57
6 Ivanov: the invention of a negative dramaturgy 70
7 The Seagull: an adaptation 80
8 Notes from a director: Uncle Vanya 91
9 Notes from a director: Three Sisters 101
10 The Cherry Orchard 111
11 Acting Chekhov: 'A friend to the actor' 121
12 The scenography of Chekhov 134
13 Chekhov on screen 149
14 Chekhov on the Russian Stage 162
15 Directors' Chekhov 176
Selected glossary 191
16 Chekhov's stories and the plays 203
17 The stage representation of Chekhov's women 216
18 Chekhov's comedy 228
App. 1 Chekhov's works: primary sources from the Russian - variations of English titles from the Russian 239
App. 2 Selected stage productions 245
App. 3 Selected screen versions 260
App. 4: Illustrations 263
Selected bibliography 266
Index of works by Chekhov 280
General index 283
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