Počemu zimoj ne byvaet groma?" Gurov, job, and Chekhovian epistemology in 'Dama s sobačkoj'

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This article interprets Chekhov's famous 'Dama s sobachkoi' as less a love story than a work about knowledge and its limitations. The analysis focuses on the interplay between scientific and religious discourses in the text as represented, broadly, by the story's two protagonists. This dichotomy, however, becomes complicated in an episode where Gurov pronounces authoritative scientific statements about the universe which nonetheless allude to a religious intertext, specifically the Book of Job. The article traces Gurov's gradual abandonment of his divine, omniscient position and explores the ethical implications of this transformation and, more broadly, the ethical aspect of Chekhovian epistemology.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)217-233
Number of pages17
JournalRussian Literature
Volume66
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - Aug 15 2009
Externally publishedYes

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Epistemology
Religious Discourse
Intertext
Scientific Discourse
Protagonist
Religion
Universe
Love Story
Dichotomy
Abandonment
Anton Chekhov

Keywords

  • Chekhov
  • Job

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Literature and Literary Theory

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Počemu zimoj ne byvaet groma?" Gurov, job, and Chekhovian epistemology in 'Dama s sobačkoj'. / Sobol, Valeria.

In: Russian Literature, Vol. 66, No. 2, 15.08.2009, p. 217-233.

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