Russia's Storyteller Playwrights|
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, Sidur, and Ulitskaya 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/story-teller 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 interesting new ways.
Intercultural Literacy, Interpretation
This course raises the question: how can we in our culture, our period, understand stories written in other cultures, other periods. It answers this question in two ways: 1) by using our theoretical and literary readings to identify meaningful structures intrinsic to all stories; and 2) by providing insights into modern Russian social/cultural history that will enable students to understand our literary readings in their original context.
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|Course Format: Seminar||Grading Mode: Student Option|
||Fulfills a Major Requirement for: (REES-Lang/Lit/C)(REES-Social Sci)(THEA)
||Past Enrollment Probability: Not Available
|Major Readings: Wesleyan RJ Julia Bookstore
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
|Examination 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.
|Instructor(s): White,Duffield Times: .M.W... 02:40PM-04:00PM; Location: SQU113; |
|Total Enrollment Limit: 24||SR major: 4||JR major: 4|| || |
|Seats Available: 15||GRAD: X||SR non-major: 4||JR non-major: 4||SO: 4||FR: 4|