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The Macksey Journal

Abstract

Intertextuality between Anton Chekhov and early modernist writers such as Virginia Woolf, Katherine Mansfield, Raymond Carver, 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 article 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 within the short story genre need not perfectly align along historical, contextual, or chronological lines. My reading blends 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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