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Instructor Info:Polina Barskova
Office Extension x6178
Term: 2013J
Meeting Info: Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
02:00 PM - 05:00 PM Emily Dickinson Hall (EDH) 2
02:00 PM - 05:00 PM Emily Dickinson Hall (EDH) 2
02:00 PM - 05:00 PM Emily Dickinson Hall (EDH) 2
02:00 PM - 05:00 PM Emily Dickinson Hall (EDH) 2
02:00 PM - 05:00 PM Emily Dickinson Hall (EDH) 2
Description: This workshop develops our students' capacity to interpret literary text through intensive analytical discussions and writing/editing exercises. Specifically, we examine the short story, one of the most flexible, lively and yet challenging literary forms. During our 5 day workshop, we'll read a master of the form, Anton Chekhov: Transgressio, Kashtank, Lady with the Lapdog, Ward #6, and Gooseberries. Ranging in length one one page to about 50, and across topics from the life of a circus dog to the life of a doctor whose atheism leads him to an asylum. Each day, students will receive new interpretative challenges.For example, from close readings of the particular textual segments, students will proceed to writing a paper on the short story as a narrative structure. Next, we will discuss a well-known film adaptation of Lady with the Lapdog by Lev Kheifets: what are the challenges and benefits of translating short story for the screen? The last assignment will be to write a short story connected to our discussions about the short story as a particular structural and thematic vehicle.