Chekhov: Stories and Plays

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12:30-2:30 p.m. 6-week course begins 3/23 

Anton Chekhov insisted that in real life people are not at every moment shooting at each other or making declarations of love. They can simply be having dinner and as they sit at the table their happiness can be made or their lives destroyed. Let literature, he says, reflect real life, not at the highest and lowest moments, but what goes on between when real life is happening. We’ll read and discuss twenty or more of Chekhov’s best stories and two of his plays, supplemented, when possible, by Russian or English films of the works. Required Book: Avrahm Yarmolinsky, ed., The Portable Chekhov,  ISBN 978-0140150358.

George Young has taught courses in Russian literature at Grinnell, Dartmouth, UNE, and, for several years recently, at OLLI and MSC. MSC