Spring 2012

Chekhov And His Theater

Listed in: Russian, as RUSS-229  |  Theater and Dance, as THDA-229

Formerly listed as: RUSS-30  |  THDA-21

Moodle site: Course


Catherine A. Ciepiela (Section 01)
Connie Congdon (Section 01)


(Offered as RUSS 229 and THDA 229). Anton Chekhov's reputation rests as much on his dramaturgy as on his fiction. His plays, whose staging by the Moscow Art Theater helped revolutionize Russian and world theater, endure in the modern repertoire. In this course, we will study his dramatic oeuvre in its cultural and historical context, drawing on the biographical and critical literature on Chekhov, printed and visual materials concerning the late nineteenth-century European theater, and the writings of figures like Constantin Stanislavsky, who developed a new acting method in response to Chekhov's art. We also will examine key moments in the production history of Chekhov's plays in Russian, English, and American theater and film.

Spring semester.  Professor Ciepiela and Playwright-in-Residence Congdon.


Foreign culture taught in English


2015-16: Not offered
Other years: Offered in Spring 2012, Spring 2014