Church Slavonicism

Church Slavonicism

 

a grammatical form, word, or expression incorporated into the Russian language from Church Slavonic or formulated by analogy with such Church Slavonic elements. (SeeSLAVONICISM and OLD CHURCH SLAVONICISM.)

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Rayfield's supple narrative structure and vast stock of knowledge enables him to discuss both the intricacies of Old Church Slavonicisms in Chekhov's late prose and the hitherto hidden Shakespearean influences on his drama, the struggle in Russia between symbolist aesthetes and critical realists to appropriate The Cherry Orchard for their respective traditions, and the startling evidence of Chekhovian resonances in Thomas Mann, Bernard Shaw, Gide and Katherine Mansfield.