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dc.contributor.advisorLangen, Timothyeng
dc.contributor.authorBartlett, Josepheng
dc.date.issued2005eng
dc.date.submitted2005 Summereng
dc.descriptionThe entire dissertation/thesis text is included in the research.pdf file; the official abstract appears in the short.pdf file (which also appears in the research.pdf); a non-technical general description, or public abstract, appears in the public.pdf file.eng
dc.descriptionTitle from title screen of research.pdf file viewed on (May 18, 2007)eng
dc.descriptionIncludes bibliographical references.eng
dc.descriptionThesis (M.A.) University of Missouri-Columbia 2005.eng
dc.descriptionDissertations, Academic -- University of Missouri--Columbia -- Russian and Slavonic studies.eng
dc.description.abstractIn his five major dramatic works, Anton Chekhov crafts characters who struggle with existential despair as a result of their inability to perform such actions. This focus on action and inaction raises analogous questions on three distinct levels. First, the inactivity of Chekhov's characters is fundamentally at odds with the conventions of the genre of drama. Second, Chekhov tests the possibility of free action for literary characters. Finally, Chekhov suggests to the reader similar questions regarding free action in the actual world. Both Chekhov and Mikhail Bakhtin posit a lack of self-knowledge as a hindrance to free action, but ultimately assert that such action is possible only by taking others into account. On Bakhtin's view, the self-knowledge necessary for free action is available only from others, while Chekhov's characters who find meaning in their actions are able to do so by virtue of their orientation toward others rather than themselves.eng
dc.identifier.merlinb5853734xeng
dc.identifier.oclc131388100eng
dc.identifier.urihttps://hdl.handle.net/10355/4229
dc.identifier.urihttps://doi.org/10.32469/10355/4229eng
dc.languageEnglisheng
dc.publisherUniversity of Missouri--Columbiaeng
dc.relation.ispartofcollectionUniversity of Missouri--Columbia. Graduate School. Theses and Dissertationseng
dc.subject.lcshChekhov, Anton Pavlovich, 1860-1904 -- Dramatic workseng
dc.subject.lcshBakhtin, M.M, (Mikhail Mikhaĭlovich), 1895-1975eng
dc.subject.lcshSelf-knowledge in literatureeng
dc.titleFreedom and self-knowledge in the dramatic works of Anton Chekhoveng
dc.typeThesiseng
thesis.degree.disciplineRussian and slavonic studies (MU)eng
thesis.degree.grantorUniversity of Missouri--Columbiaeng
thesis.degree.levelMasterseng
thesis.degree.nameM.A.eng


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