Contemporary Foreign Languages Studies ›› 2023, Vol. 23 ›› Issue (1): 144-152.doi: 10.3969/j.issn.1674-8921.2023.01.011

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Restoration and Transcendence of Life—On the Aesthetic Features of Chekhov’s Drama

LI Jiabao(), WANG Lijun()   

  • Online:2023-02-28 Published:2023-02-24


Chekhov’s discovery of the original structure of everyday life and its artistic restoration is his great contribution to the world realistic art. The use of a large number of pauses, the creation of lyric atmosphere and the internalization of characters’ actions make the plot of the drama “non-conflicted” and restore the original structure of mediocrity and absurdity of daily life; The circular dramatic structure and the elimination of the logic of language make its drama present the anti-dramatic feature of “non-causality” and expose the absurd essence of human alienation by time; It does not follow the routine of tragedy, comedy and drama, which makes its drama “non-typological”, and analyses life with extraordinary sobriety and perspective beyond time and space. It accurately summarizes and artistically expresses the solemn and stirring and pain of the disappearance of human significance in time, and gives comic attention, which sublimates the aesthetic significance of Chekhov’s drama. His anti-traditional rules of drama creation challenge people’s inherent aesthetic habits, realize drama innovation, and leave a far-reaching impact on future generations from creation to connotation.

Key words: Chekhov’s Drama, Aesthetic Feature, Reduction, Transcendence

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