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Butenina E.M. Chekhov’s Ethical Heritage in the Contemporary American Medical Humanities. Studia Litterarum, 2017, vol. 2, no 4, pp. 146–155. (In Russ.) DOI: 10.22455/2500-4247-2017-2-4-146-155

Author: Eugenyia M. Butenina
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Evgeniya M. Butenina, PhD in Philology, Associate Professor, Department of Linguistics and Intercultural Communication, Far Eastern Federal University, Sukhanova 8, 690091 Vladivostok, Russia.

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Received: June 09, 2017
Published: December 25, 2017
Issue: 2017 Vol. 2, №4
Department: World Literature
Pages: 146-155

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Keywords: A. Chekhov, ethics, medical humanities, LitMed, J. McConkey, W. Percy.


The paper discusses Chekhovian ethical discourse in American fiction and non-fiction that forms part of an emerging literary canon of medical humanities in the USA. Besides Chekhov’s “medical” stories, special attention is given to his book Sakhalin Island seen as an object of “moral cartography.” The analysis of contemporary medical humanities in the USA shows that Chekhov’s ethical heritage has entered this field at several levels. One is teaching “medical” stories and Sakhalin Island as part of the future doctors’ ethical education. The other is expanding the literary-medical context by including these texts in comparative studies and anthologies. Finally, there is the overall level of developing the method of literary “diagnostic” bearing on Chekhov’s ethical heritage that is important for the study of both fiction and non-fiction authored by doctors-writers.


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