Slavic Languages and Literatures | Chekhov
R535 | ALL | Durkin

Introduction to and survey of the works of Anton Chekhov (1860-1904). Chekhov's biography and career in the social context of his times; Chekhov's place in the literary journalism of his day; literary antecedents and parallels;  Chekhov's innovations and
contributions as one of the founders of the modern short story and the modern drama; attention to Chekhov's epistolary legacy.  Readings in either the original or English translation, depending on individual students' language abilities and preferences.
Readings will include a representative selection of Chekhov's early stories, the major fiction, and both early plays and the four mature plays (Seagull, Uncle Vanya, Three Sisters, Cherry Orchard).
Requirements: two papers, presentations, discussion.