Of interpretation and stolen kisses: From poetics to metapoetics in Chekhov's "the kiss"

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Abstract

Many of Chekhov's works not only manifest, but actually portray aspects of the creation and reception of literature (and other art forms). A tendency toward self-reflexivity was evident in Chekhov's very first publications, as is apparent in the title of his second work, "What Is Most Often Encountered in Novels, Tales, and So On?" ("Chto chashche vsego vstrechaetsia v romanakh, povestiakh i t. p.?" 1881); arguably, it persisted to the very end of his life: the humorous anecdote he related to his wife shortly before dying in Badenweiler, which involved a resort hotel's clientele waiting futilely for their evening meal, unaware that the chef had abandoned his post, surely anticipated Chekhov's own imminent departure from this world.1 This tendency especially showed itself, in ways yet to be fully investigated, in works written during watershed moments in Chekhov's career.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationChekhov for the 21st Century
PublisherSlavica Publishers
Pages127-147
Number of pages21
ISBN (Electronic)9780893578923
ISBN (Print)9780893573928
StatePublished - Jan 1 2012
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Arts and Humanities(all)

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