Irina A. Ovchinina
Ivanovo State University
Andrei A. Vinogradov
Alexander Ostrovsky’s play “Late Love”: from its conception to the implementation
Ovchinina I.A., Vinogradov A.A. Alexander Ostrovsky’s play “Late Love”: from its conception to the implementation. Vestnik of Kostroma State University, 2021, vol. 27, № 4, pp. 107-112 (In Russ.). https://doi.org/10.34216/1998-0817-2021-27-4-107-112
DOI: https://doi.org/10.34216/1998-0817-2021-27-4-107-112
УДК: 821.161.1.09”19”
Publish date: 2021-11-15
Annotation: The article examines the contents’ peculiarity of the play “Late Love” in accord with its author’s artistic intentions. For the first time hand-written materials (rough copies and the play’s draft) have been taken into account and brought into academic use; the chirographs make it possible to bring to light the main points of the play and its vital problems. Special attention is paid to still greater importance the author was lending to the love story while working at the play; it helps to reveal the meaning of the play’s title. It is noted that for the first time Alexander Ostrovsky had shown a highly moral heroine who committed crime for the sake of the man she loved. In this connection, a few opinions of some critics are cited who gave negative estimation to the play. Analysing the play’s artistic merits the authors of the article take notice of the fact that the action is concentrated in time and space. The Shablovs’ house where lawyers, a tradesman, a landlady, and a clerk make their appearance, reflects to a certain extent the social strata of the post-reformed Russia and the tendencies typical of that world. The study of the initial draft made it clear that Alexander Ostrovsky thought over at first the play’s “scenario”, the number of personages, determined their characters and their role in the action’s development. The dramatic action and the happy end draw the spectators to the conclusion that a human’s salvation from its moral ruin is love, personal ability to repent and to realise its responsibility for the people close to it and for the world as a whole.
Keywords: Alexander Ostrovsky, drama, draft, scenes, personage, autograph, criticism
Funding and acknowledgments: The investigation is fulfilled with the financial support of the RFFI within scientific project № 19-012-00070А
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Author's info: Irina A. Ovchinina, Doctor of Philological Sciences, Ivanovo State University, Ivanovo, Russia, ovchn@yandex.ru
Co-author's info: Andrei A. Vinogradov, Candidate of Philological Sciences, Kostroma, Russia, avinonv@rambler.ru