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4-28-2020

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Intertextuality between Anton Chekhov and early modernist writers such as Virginia Woolf, Katherine Mansfield, James Joyce, and DH Lawrence is a recurrent topic in comparativist scholarship. However, due to the breadth of methodological approaches, conclusions regarding Chekhov's influence continue to elude scholars. This presentation shifts the exploration of Chekhovian intertextuality in the early modernist period (circa 1900-1925) away from the rigid concept of influence alone. By applying current theory regarding postcritical hermeneutics, aesthetics, and digital textual analysis, I introduce new intertextual connections between Chekhov and modernist short stories, showing that transnational exchange between modernist authors and texts need not perfectly align along historical, national, or linguistic lines. Having transcribed and digitized facsimiles of modernist short stories from their original periodicals, I conduct comparative readings of three stories alongside a Chekhov story, bringing both hallmark writers of the modernist period and unstudied authors into conversation with Chekhov. Some pairs challenge former claims of intertextual links between Chekhov and well-known modernists, such as Katherine Mansfield, and other pairs identify newfound links between short story writers and Chekhov. The readings blend close reading with digital textual analysis, providing a more nuanced and kaleidoscopic view of the spreading of the short story genre across time and nations.

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Apr 28th, 12:00 AM

Intertextuality, Aesthetics, and the Digital: Rediscovering Chekhov in the Early British Modernism

Intertextuality between Anton Chekhov and early modernist writers such as Virginia Woolf, Katherine Mansfield, James Joyce, and DH Lawrence is a recurrent topic in comparativist scholarship. However, due to the breadth of methodological approaches, conclusions regarding Chekhov's influence continue to elude scholars. This presentation shifts the exploration of Chekhovian intertextuality in the early modernist period (circa 1900-1925) away from the rigid concept of influence alone. By applying current theory regarding postcritical hermeneutics, aesthetics, and digital textual analysis, I introduce new intertextual connections between Chekhov and modernist short stories, showing that transnational exchange between modernist authors and texts need not perfectly align along historical, national, or linguistic lines. Having transcribed and digitized facsimiles of modernist short stories from their original periodicals, I conduct comparative readings of three stories alongside a Chekhov story, bringing both hallmark writers of the modernist period and unstudied authors into conversation with Chekhov. Some pairs challenge former claims of intertextual links between Chekhov and well-known modernists, such as Katherine Mansfield, and other pairs identify newfound links between short story writers and Chekhov. The readings blend close reading with digital textual analysis, providing a more nuanced and kaleidoscopic view of the spreading of the short story genre across time and nations.