Chekhov for Writers
Anton Chekhov as teacher and guide for students of the English and North American short story. Critical analysis combined with writing practicum in a workshop-format seminar. Topics addressed include the role of imitation and parody in the writing process; problems of translation; plagiarism and its limits; critical and scholarly approaches to the short story in the English and Russian traditions; literature across cultural and linguistic boundaries; dramatic versus narrative modes. Writing practicum in: literary criticism; creative imitation; close reading; comparative analysis; translation practice or analysis. Readings of works by Chekhov, Oates, Chandler, Mansfield, Malcolm and others. One course.