Spring 2014

Chekhov and His Theater

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

Formerly listed as: RUSS-30  |  THDA-21


Boris Wolfson (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 Wolfson.

RUSS 229 - L/D

Section 01
Tu 11:30 AM - 12:50 PM WEBS 220
Th 11:30 AM - 12:50 PM WEBS 220

This is preliminary information about books for this course. Please contact your instructor or the Academic Coordinator for the department, before attempting to purchase these books.

ISBN Title Publisher Author(s) Comment Book Store Price
Plays Harper Perennial, 1998 Chekhov, Anton Trans. Paul Schmidt Amherst Books TBD
Stories Modern Library, 2000 Chekhov, Anton Trans. Richard Pevear and Larissa Volokhonsky Amherst Books TBD
Eight Modern Plays Norton, 1991 Caputi, Anthony, ed. Norton Critical Edition Amherst Books TBD
Old Times Grove Press, 1994 Pinter, Harold Amherst Books TBD

These books are available locally at Amherst Books.


2024-25: Not offered
Other years: Offered in Spring 2012, Spring 2014