The mythopoetics in Anton Chekov’s plays Cover Image

Мифопоэтика драм Антона Чехова
The mythopoetics in Anton Chekov’s plays

Author(s): Anna Chudzińska-Parkosadze
Subject(s): Language and Literature Studies, Studies of Literature, Russian Literature, Theory of Literature, Drama
Published by: Polskie Towarzystwo Rusycytyczne
Keywords: Anton Chekhov; Russian drama; mythopetics; mythological code; time and space

Summary/Abstract: This article deals with the issue of mythological code, which presents the core of Anton Chekhov’s plays, such as The Seagull, Uncle Vanya, Three Sisters and The Cherry Orchard. The mythological code is refl ected fi rst of all in the chronotop of the plays, especially in the images of the house as the symbol of the center of the Universe. Moreover, time and space in the plays progress according to the realm of two main binary opposition — sacrum and profanum. However, the transformation from sacrum to profanum, and vice versa, is directed by the heroes and their consciousness. As the result, it is heroes’ consciousness that create the space and time in the plays, as the man himself turns to be a co-creator of the Universe.

  • Issue Year: 1/2010
  • Issue No: 129
  • Page Range: 5-18
  • Page Count: 14
  • Language: Russian