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The Jewish Persona in the European ImaginationA Case of Russian Literature$
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Leonid Livak

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9780804770552

Published to Stanford Scholarship Online: June 2013

DOI: 10.11126/stanford/9780804770552.001.0001

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Of Chekhov and Garlic

Of Chekhov and Garlic

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(p.233) Fourteen Of Chekhov and Garlic
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The Jewish Persona in the European Imagination
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Stanford University Press
DOI:10.11126/stanford/9780804770552.003.0015

This chapter examines Anton Chekhov's portrayal of the Jews in his novels “Tina” and “Skripka Rotshil'da.” It explains that Chekhov's correspondence attests to the consistent function of “the Jews” in his imagination as a negative marker for a wide range of phenomena and suggests that “Jewishness” looms large in Chekhov's professional self-image. The chapter also argues that Chekhov is an example of a writer who must negotiate his imaginative dependence on the generative model of “the Jews” in an ideological context which stigmatizes overt public expressions of Judeophobia and anti-Semitism as socially and culturally retrograde.

Keywords:   Anton Chekhov, Tina, Skripka Rotshil'da, Jews, professional self-image, Jewishness, Judeophobia, anti-Semitism

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