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Anton Chekhov's The Cherry Orchard and Russia's “Gilded Age"


Peter Holquist, Instructor 

The nineteenth century was a time of change and progress in politics, society, and the arts. Among its great developments was the flowering of Russian art, music, and literature. Chekhov’s great 1904 play The Cherry Orchard can be seen as a critique and parody of the Russian literary tradition with its celebration of the nobility’s attachment to the land. The seminar will discuss this text as a literary work and also use it as a window onto Russian history and culture.  
Peter Holquist, the author of Making War, Forging Revolution: Russia's Continuum of Crisis, is an Associate Professor of History at the University of Pennsylvania. He has published widely on Russia's experience in the First World War, the Russian Revolution, and questions of continuity and change from the imperial period into the Stalin era.


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