Reception of the Image of Olenka in the Story “The Darling” by A. P. Chekhov in China
Peoples’ Friendship University of Russia
Abstract. The aim of the study is to determine the features of interpretation of Olenka’s image in Chinese literary criticism from 1907 to the present day. The article shows the dynamics of perception of Chekhov’s heroine image in various socio-historical conditions in China. The scientific novelty of the work lies in the fact that the article is the first systematic analysis of the reception of Olenka’s image in China and provides new material in this regard; the opposite points of view of the Chinese critics on the image of the woman depicted by A. P. Chekhov are indicated; parallels are drawn between the interpretations of the image of the heroine from the story “The Darling” by the Russian and Chinese literary critics and writers, in particular, common points in critical perceptions of Olenka between the Chinese researchers and contemporaries of A. P. Chekhov (L. N. Tolstoy, M. Gorky) are determined. As a result, it is proved that the image of the considered heroine of Chekhov’s work has been and is currently being severely criticized in China in connection with the peculiarities of the Chinese society development and the process of female emancipation, but there are also positive opinions about the heroine, emphasizing her virtue, ability to exalted feelings, devotion love.
Key words and phrases: образ Оленьки, рецепция, Китай, творчество А. П. Чехова, женская эмансипация, image of Olenka, reception, China, creative work of A. P. Chekhov, female emancipation
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