The Concept of Toska in Chekhov's Short Stories Public Deposited

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  • Jones, Jason
    • Affiliation: College of Arts and Sciences, Curriculum in Global Studies
  • This thesis examines Anton Chekhov's literary conception of toska through close reading of two short stories entitled, "Misery" (1886) and "The Student" (1894). "Misery" elucidates the complex nature of toska and its features while "The Student" maintains the characteristics of toska yet redirects it towards a specific and productive end. Both works present toska as a powerful, permanent force that cannot be dispelled, but "The Student" shows how a character's acceptance of toska leads to his realization of the "truth and beauty" of human life and a resulting optimism based on this successful redirection. This thesis as a whole serves to shed light on the concept of toska in Chekhov's literary oeuvre and attempts to supplement the existing literary criticism of this phenomenon.
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  • Lapushin, Radislav
  • Reese, Kevin
  • Pichova, Hana
  • Master of Arts
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  • University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
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  • 2017

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