Chekhov: 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 Ivanov, The Seagull, Uncle Vanya, Three Sisters, The Cherry Orchard translated by Peter Carson (Penguin Classics) and 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 University. He teaches courses on a wide range of subjects including poetry, philosophy, the history of drama, and cultural history. He has edited a number of books on topics ranging from popular culture to D. H. Lawrence. "