Chekov : Dr Gary Day

"Chekhov is an absolutely fascinating writer. His work has clarity and precision and yet he never explains anything. ‘It is the job of the writer to pose questions’, he once wrote, ‘not to answer them.’ A giant of Russian literature Chekov captures a moment in his country’s history; melancholic, morally ambiguous and poised on the edge of enormous change. Does that sound familiar? This course will examine the legacy and brilliance of the man who helped revolutionise European theatre and transformed the short story. Our texts will be The Seagull and The Cherry Orchard by Chekhov, Plays: Ivanov, The Seagull, Uncle Vanya, Three Sisters, The Cherry Orchard translated by Peter Carson (Penguin Classics) and Chekhov, The Lady with the Little Dog and Other Stories translated by Robert Wilks (Penguin Classics). Here’s a taster: ‘Any idiot can face a crisis - it's day to day living that wears you out.’ ‘All of life and human relations have become so incomprehensibly complex that, when you think about it, it becomes terrifying and your heart stands still.’ "

Tutor: Dr Gary Day

"Dr Gary Day was a principal lecturer in English at De Montfort. He gave the centenary lecture on F.R. Leavis at Cambridge and for many years was on the committee of the British Society of Eighteenth Century Studies. He is the author of five books, including one on Leavis, and his latest, The Story of Drama: Tragedy, Comedy and Sacrifice from the Greeks to the Present, was described in the Times Literary Supplement as ‘an ambitious book, richly informative, consistently readable and conscientiously argued’. He has edited various collections of essays on topics ranging from Victorian literature and culture to D H Lawrence. Gary was also for many years a columnist and reviewer for the Times Higher. His essay John Bunyan: Class and Englishness will be published in the The Oxford Handbook of John Bunyan."