Alan Ayckbourn in Chekhov's Footsteps. A Study of Chekhovian Character Traits in Ayckbourn Drama

Alan Ayckbourn in Chekhov's Footsteps. A Study of Chekhovian Character Traits in Ayckbourn Drama
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Mustafa Kirca explores the dark sides of Alan Ayckbourn’s comedy by comparing the playwright’s characters with those of Chekhov’s drama and drawing a parallelism in the character portrayal of both artists. The significance of Ayckbourn’s plays, following Chekhov’s footsteps, particularly lies in his vivid portrayal of characters from everyday life with psychological depth. Kirca shows that the fine mix of comedy and tragedy in Ayckbourn’s drama is conveyed through his realistic characterization contrary to the farcical style of his plays. This kind of character portrayal in Ayckbourn’s plays brings him very close to Chekhov and establishes the known equilibrium between comedy and tragedy in his theatre. The study covers Ayckbourn’s Absent Friends, Just Between Ourselves, Joking Apart, Season’s Greetings, Woman in Mind, A Small Family Business, and Henceforward. From Chekhov’s drama, The Seagull, Uncle Vanya, The Three Sisters, and The Cherry Orchard are included to define the general Chekhovian character traits. The book is especially interesting for teachers, students, and for general readers who are interested in modern 'human comedies'.

About the author

MUSTAFA KIRCA holds a PhD in English literature from Middle East Technical University in Ankara, where he teaches courses in English literature. He translated Richard North Patterson’s The Race into Turkish (Artemis, 2009) and has recently edited Iris Murdoch and Her Work: Critical Essays (ibidem-Verlag, 2010) with Sule Okuroglu


Lieferzeit 2-3 Tage / 2-3 days
Autor/-in Mustafa Kirca
Anzahl der Seiten 104
Sprache Englisch
Erscheinungsdatum 01.02.2010
Gewicht (kg) 0.1690
ISBN-13 9783838200187