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Tolstoy, Chekhov, and the Music of Russian Prose

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Although Tolstoy and Chekhov have traditionally, and with justification, been associated with the Russian realist movement, certain narrative techniques evident in their prose, such as stream of consciousness, repetition, rhythmical phrasing and counterpoint, seem to point to a closer affinity with literary modernism. With reference to recent research into the musical affinities of works by Virginia Woolf and Katherine Mansfield, this paper will compare and contrast the different ways in which narrative construction in Tolstoy and Chekhov bears comparison with musical composition.

This talk is part of the CamCREES seminars (Cambridge Committee for Russian and East European Studies) series.

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