Anton Chekhov | Literature Criticism Critical Essay by Andrew R. Durkin

This literature criticism consists of approximately 15 pages of analysis & critique of Anton Chekhov.
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Critical Essay by Andrew R. Durkin

SOURCE: “Allusion and Dialogue in ‘The Duel,’” inReading Chekhov's Text, edited by Robert Louis Jackson, Northwestern University Press, 1993, pp. 169–78.

In the following essay, Durkin investigates allusions to the writing of N. S. Laskov in “The Duel,” and examines the opposition between science and the humanities in the story.

The central characters in “The Duel” (“Duel”, 1891), the “humanist” Laevsky and the “scientist” von Koren, exist in an atmosphere thick with literary and cultural allusion, from Shakespeare through Pushkin, Lermontov, and Turgenev to Darwin, Herbert Spencer, and Tolstoy's “Kreutzer Sonata.” Indeed the conflict that arises between Laevsky and von Koren can be read in part as a struggle...

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