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Neurotic Women or a Freudian Slip(-up)? A Carnivalesque Reading of Female Sexuality in Chekhov's Tri sestry and Petrushevskaia's Tri devushki v golubom

Hazel Grünewald

in Forum for Modern Language Studies

Published on behalf of Court of the University of St Andrews

Volume 39, issue 3, pages 306-319
Published in print July 2003 | ISSN: 0015-8518
Published online July 2003 | e-ISSN: 1471-6860 | DOI: https://dx.doi.org/10.1093/fmls/39.3.306
Neurotic Women or a Freudian Slip(-up)? A Carnivalesque Reading of Female Sexuality in Chekhov's Tri sestry and Petrushevskaia's Tri devushki v golubom

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This article investigates the carnivalesque treatment of female sexuality in Chekhov's Tri sestry and Petrushevskaia's Tri devushki v golubom. It demonstrates how it becomes the goal of different interpretative discourses to determine the reasoning behind examples of deviant sexual behaviour in the plays. Freudian and feminist discourses are among those which seek to recover the texts' latent meaning. A carnivalesque reading foregrounds the plays' sympathies with both modes of thinking, but their commitment to neither.

Keywords: Chekhov, Petrushevskaia, carnival, grotesque, female sexuality, twentieth-century Russian absurd theatre

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Subjects: Linguistics ; Literature

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