Russia's Storyteller Playwrights|
Spring 2016 not offered
REES 258, THEA 258, COL 288, RULE 258|
Many of the classics of Russian theater were written not by pure playwrights, but by authors like Gogol, Chekhov, and Bulgakov, who dedicated themselves primarily to narrative genres of story and novel. This trend continues today: Writers like Petrushevskaya are experimenting, both with plays and novels, as they work to create a new, post-Soviet Russian literature. Russian literature has been enriched by its playwright/storyteller tradition. When Gogol moved from writing short stories to writing plays in mid-career, he brought new principles of narrative form into the theater with him while at the same time embracing old conventions of dramatic comedy. When he exited the theater to write DEAD SOULS, he took with him principles of comedy that would shape his novel. A similar synergy can be seen in Chekhov, Bulgakov, and others. While reading play/story pairs by some of Russia's leading writers, this course will clarify essential formal differences between narratives and plays that operate in all literatures; and it will explore how Russian literature has blended dramatic and narrative forms in innovative ways.
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|Course Format: Seminar||Grading Mode: Student Option|
||Fulfills a Major Requirement for: None
Pushkin, THE SHOT, THE MISERLY KNIGHT
Gogol, THE NOSE, THE INSPECTOR GENERAL
Tolstoy, POLIKUSHKA, THE POWER OF DARKNESS
Chekhov, ANNA ON THE NECK, THE SEAGULL; NAME-DAY PARTY, UNCLE VANYA; THE LADY WITH THE LITTLE DOG, THREE SISTERS
Gorky, CHILDHOOD, THE LOWER DEPTHS
Bulgakov, HEART OF A DOG, ZOYA'S APARTMENT
Shvarts, LITTLE RED RIDINGHOOD, THE SHADOW
Petrushevskaya, CINZANO, IMMORTAL LOVE
|Examinations and Assignments: |
Short papers, mid-term exam, play-reading exercises, final project.
|Additional Requirements and/or Comments: |
Readings of the plays will be supplemented by screening videos of live performances and by student-organized dramatic readings.
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