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Spring 2012-2013
* SLA 357 / THR 356  

The Human Comedy of Anton Chekhov Off and On Stage (In English Translation)

Stanislav Shvabrin
Timothy K. Vasen

What is it that endows Chekhov's art with its ability to transcend divides, ensursing its lasting pertinence? Could it be that the secret lies in his unprecedented insight into the theatricality of the human predicament and the role of laughter in it? This course will undertake a comprehensive overview of his mastery of the short story in its development to arrive at a better appreciation of his theater. Unconventional literature cannot be taught conventionally, hence this collaboration between a literary scholar and a theater director.

Sample reading list:
Anton Chekhov, Stories and Novellas, Various
Anton Chekhov, The Seagull
Anton Chekhov, Uncle Vanya
Anton Chekhov, Three Sisters
Antn Chekhov, The Cherry Orchard
Anton Chekhov, Minor Theatrical Works, Various

Reading/Writing assignments:
100 pages for class. Paper in lieu of midterm

Requirements/Grading:
Paper in Lieu of Mid Term - 35%
Class/Precept Participation - 30%
Other (See Instructor) - 35%

Other information:
Other: Performance Component Participation will account for 35% of the final grade. Students will perform scenes and speeches from Chekhov's plays and farces, as well as create theatrical adaptations of his short stories, throughout the semester in a workshop format.

Schedule/Classroom assignment:

Class numberSectionTimeDaysRoomEnrollmentStatus
43148 L01 1:30 pm - 2:20 pm T   New South Building   110   Enrolled:17 Limit:60
43147 C01 1:30 pm - 4:20 pm Th   East Pyne Building   205   Enrolled:17 Limit:20