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Between the Column and Pedestal. On the Question about Metamorphoses of Manor Symbols in Anton Chekhov's Drama 'Three Sisters'
Abstract.In his article Pyrkov studies the process of changing traditional attributes and symbols of a Russian manor in Chekhov's dramaturgical world based on the example of Anton Chekhov's drama 'Three Sisters'. Particular attention is paid to the comparison of a symbolic 'elated' image of columns described by Chekhov in the first remarks to the 'lower' image of the pedestal that appeared in the song sang by one of the heroes. The researcher tries to understand the message that Anton Chekhov wanted to give us through transformation of the 'high' into the 'low'. The researcher also tries to define social and historical grounds for that process. The research is based on the reaccentuation of a classical text and attempt to make a new dimension of reading of the play as a result of multidimensionality of a literary text containing parameanings that play an important role for the text's analysis. By referring to the literary context of that epoch, the author analyzes the dynamics of the development of Chekhov as a playwright. The novelty of the research is caused by the fact that the author draws a parallel between the column and pedestal which leads to quite an unexpected interpretation of Chekhov's play as well as offers a hypothesis that transformation of the manor symbols directly relates to constructing a fundamentally new model of space and time in the artistic world of Anton Chekhov.
Keywords: symbols, anti-space, anti-time, gallery, column and pedestal, spiritual vertical, manor markers, end of century, Three Sisters, Chekhov
Article was received:15-06-2017
This article written in Russian. You can find full text of article in Russian here .