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DRAMA 494 A: Special Studies in Theatre and Drama

Meeting Time: 
WF 10:30am - 12:20pm
Location: 
SMI 309
SLN: 
14064
Joint Sections: 
RUSS 430 A, C LIT 362 A
Instructor: 
Jose Alaniz

Syllabus Description:

CHEKHOV: PAGE, STAGE, SCREEN

Though he began as a writer of crime and suspense yarns for various popular journals in 19th-century Russia, we remember Anton Pavlovich Chekhov (1860-1904) for revolutionizing literature (with such short stories as “Lady With a Lapdog”) and drama (with “Uncle Vanya” and other plays). Together with Konstantin Stanislavski, he reinvented the craft of acting, investing it with a daring naturalism. His innovations came to define much of what we mean by “modern” in fiction and theater arts. They even named a Star Trek character after him! This course takes a multi-media approach to Chekhov. We will sample fiction, nonfiction and drama from throughout his career; examine his influence on theater and cinema; and explore how his short life intersected with a tumultuous period in late Czarist Russia on the cusp of the 20th century. Maybe we’ll even act out some scenes! All materials and readings in English.    

 

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Catalog Description: 
Topics in drama, history, and criticism. See Time Schedule for specific topic.
GE Requirements: 
Arts and Humanities (A&H)
Credits: 
5.0
Status: 
Active
Last updated: 
May 28, 2024 - 10:25pm
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