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Chekhov and the Vaudeville Vera Gottlieb

Chekhov and the Vaudeville By Vera Gottlieb

Chekhov and the Vaudeville by Vera Gottlieb


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This book examines the strangely neglected area of Chekhov's one-act plays, written between 1885 and 1903. Still frequently performed, they reveal many of the comic and distancing effects which are to be found in the major plays and tell us as much about Chekhov's philosophy as his use of theatre.

Chekhov and the Vaudeville Summary

Chekhov and the Vaudeville: A Study of Chekhov's One-Act Plays by Vera Gottlieb

This book examines the strangely neglected area of Chekhov's one-act plays and the evolution of his comedy techniques. These short pieces, written between 1885 and 1903, reveal many of the comic and distancing effects which are to be found in the major plays. Still frequently performed, they tell us as much about Chekhov's philosophy as his use of theatre, and justify his view of himself as a writer of comedies. Vera Gottlieb describes the playwright's approach to theatre in the light of contemporary Russian traditions: a succinct resume of French comedy and vaudeville on the Russian stage provides the background for an interesting assessment of the degree of innovation in Chekhov's one-act plays. Russian sources have been used extensively, while an appendix includes new translations of two little-known theatre sketches by Chekhov. This 1982 book is a vital addition to criticism of Chekhov and the Russian stage.

Table of Contents

List of illustrations; Introductory note; 1. Objectivity and commitment: the evolution of a philosophy; 2. Conventions and innovations in Russian comedy; 3. The farce-vaudevilles: The Bear, The Proposal, A Tragic Role, The Anniversary, The Night before the Trial; 4. The dramatic studies: On the High Road, Swan Song (Calchas), Tatyana Repina; 5. A play in one act: The Wedding; 6. A monologue is one act: Smoking is Bad for You; 7. A conclusion; Appendices 1-3; Notes; Selected bibliography; Index.

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NLS9780521136983
9780521136983
0521136989
Chekhov and the Vaudeville: A Study of Chekhov's One-Act Plays by Vera Gottlieb
New
Paperback
Cambridge University Press
2010-02-25
240
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