Approaches to Teaching the Works of Anton Chekhov

Michael C Finke (Editor), Michael Holquist (Editor)

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Chekhov’s works are unflinching in the face of human frailty. With their emphasis on the dignity and value of individuals during unique moments, they help us better understand how to exist with others when we are fundamentally alone. Written in Russia at the end of the nineteenth century, when the country began to move fitfully toward industrialization and grappled with the influence of Western liberalism even as it remained an autocracy, Chekhov’s plays and stories continue to influence contemporary writers.

The essays in this volume provide classroom strategies for teaching Chekhov’s stories and plays, discuss how his medical training and practice related to his literary work, and compare Chekhov with writers both Russian and American. The volume also aims to help instructors with the daunting array of new editions in English, as well as with the ever-growing list of titles in visual media: filmed theater productions of his plays, adaptations of the plays and stories scripted for film, and amateur performances freely available online.
Original languageEnglish (US)
PublisherModern Language Association
Number of pages233
ISBN (Print)9781603292672, 9781603292689
StatePublished - 2016

Publication series

NameApproaches to Teaching World Literature


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