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2011-2012 Undergraduate Bulletin 
    
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CLL 176 - (LT) The Nineteenth-Century Short Story: Chekhov and His Predecessors

Semester Hours: 3
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A survey of European and American short-story writing over the roughly one-hundred year period from the late eighteenth century to the appearance of Chekhov’s mature works. Chekhov’s stories represent a culmination of certain Western European as well as Russian traditions of the diminutive prose form. The evolution of the Russian short story will be traced from its formal beginnings (inspired by French Sentimentalism) through the works of the major nineteenth century prose writers such as Pushkin and Gogol. Turgenev emerges as a pivotal figure, having patent affinities with Western writers and providing a structural model for Chekhov’s stories. The texts from this tradition will be read together with stories by E.T.A. Hoffman, Kleist, Maupassant,  Melville, Hawthorne, and Edgar Allan Poe.






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