Adapting Chekhov: The Text and its Mutations by J. Douglas Clayton, Yana Meerzon

By J. Douglas Clayton, Yana Meerzon

This publication considers the hundred years of re-writes of Anton Chekhov’s paintings, providing a large geographical panorama of Chekhovian affects in drama. the quantity examines the elusive caliber of Chekhov’s dramatic universe as an complex mechanism, an engine within which his enigmatic characters exist because the dramatic and mental ciphers we've got been de-coding for a century, and proceed to do so. Examining the perform and the speculation of dramatic version either as intermedial transformation (from web page to level) and as intramedial mutation, from web page to web page, the book offers model because the rising style of drama, theatre, and movie. This development marks the performative and social practices of the hot millennium, highlighting our epoch’s have to have interaction with the historical past of dramatic varieties and their evolution. the gathering demonstrates that version because the perform of transformation and as a re-thinking of recurring dramatic norms and style definitions ends up in the rejuvenation of latest dramatic and performative criteria, pioneering the production of recent traditions and expectancies. because the significant mode of the storytelling mind's eye, model can construct upon and force the audience’s horizons of expectancies in theatre aesthetics. consequently, this quantity investigates the unique and transformative wisdom that the tale of Chekhov’s drama in mutations bargains to students of drama and function, to scholars of recent literatures and cultures, and to theatre practitioners worldwide.


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First Treplev comments: “As far as I can understand from what I know, Nina’s personal life has been a complete failure” (PSS 13: 50). 5 He then goes on to describe her acting: “She took on all the big roles, but her acting was coarse, tasteless, with wailing and harsh gestures. There were moments when she cried out or died in a talented way, but these were only brief moments” (50). Treplev then talks about her letters: “In every line one senses a morbid, stressed nerve. And her imagination is somewhat disordered.

8 This is not surprising: in the doctor’s office all patients are equal, and the illness of some unprepossessing person might be of greater interest than people who are full of their own importance. The Chekhov play thus offers a vision of the comédie humaine seen through the dispassionate eye of the clinician, a vision that is ultimately comic, not naturalistic or realistic, since the characters are caught as it were unawares, with all their flaws and foibles. Usually discussion of Chekhov the playwright centers on the four major plays, as has this study so far.

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