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National Endowment for the Humanities Symposium

Chekhov the Immigrant: Translating a Cultural Icon
Friday-Saturday, October 8-9, 2004
Roberts Union
Colby College —Waterville, Maine

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Friday, October 8
8:30 a.m.: Opening Remarks
  • Welcome to Colby: President William Adams
  • Opening remarks: Julie de Sherbinin & Michael Finke
  • 8:45-10:15 a.m.: Chekhov’s Poetics
  • Savely Senderovich, Cornell University
    Two Opposing Approaches to the Problem Incidental Detail in Chekhov’s Poetics
  • Robert Louis Jackson, Yale University
    "Rothschild’s Fiddle Revisited"
  • Gary Saul Morson, Northwestern University
    "Chekhov’s Poetics of the Prosaic"
  • 10:30-12:00: Chekhov and American Culture
  • Julie de Sherbinin, Colby College
    "American Iconography of Chekhov"
  • Katherine O’Connor, Boston University
    "Writing in English with a Chekhov Muse"
  • Andrew Durkin, Indiana University
    "Hunters Off the Beaten Track: The Dismantling of Pastoral Myth in Chekhov and Crane"
  • 1:30-3:30 p.m. Translation Roundtable: Chekhov’s Prose in American English
  • Peter Constantine, New York
  • Richard Pevear, Paris
  • Larissa Volokhonsky, Paris
    Discussant
  • Carol Flath, Duke University
    "Chekhov in the Afterworld: the Life Translations"
  • 4:00-6:00 p.m.: Chekhov and American Writing
  • James McConkey, Cornell University
  • Claire Messud, Novelist
  • Francine Prose, Writer and Essayist
  • James Wood, The New Republic
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    Saturday, October 9
    8:30-10:00 a.m.: Doctor/Patient, Author/Reader
    Conflicting & Conflating Identities
  • Cathy Popkin, Columbia University
    "Doctor Without Patients/Man Without a Spleen: Chekhov’s Practice"
  • Michael Finke, Washington University in St. Louis
    "Heal Thyself, Hide Thyself: Reading Dr. Chekhov’s Body"
  • Conevery Bolton Valencius, Independent Scholar
    "Chekhov’s Sakhalin Island as Medical Geography"
  • 10:15-12:30: Seminar in the Medical Humanities
    Sponsored by the Maine Humanities Council
  • Keynote address: Dr. Robert Coles, Harvard University
    "Anton Chekhov and William Carlos Williams"
  • Participatory seminar analyzing selected stories by Chekhov, led by Dr. Richard Kahn & Michael Finke
  • 1:30-2:30 p.m.: Drama and Translation
  • Keynote address: Laurence Senelick, Tufts University
    "Seeing Chekhov Whole"
  • 2:45-4:30 p.m.: Chekhov and Drama
  • Svetlana Evdokimova, Brown University
    "Chekhov’s Trouble with Theatre: The Undramatic Drama"
  • Sharon Carnicke, University of Southern California
    "The Nasty Habit of Adapting Chekhov’s Plays"
  • Spencer Golub, Brown University
    "Catastrophe (Obsessive Compulsive Modes in Chekhov and His Plays)"
  • Anna Muza, University of California at Berkeley
    "The Sound of Distant Thunder: Chekhov’s Theater in Stoppard’s Trilogy"
  • 4:45-6:00 p.m.: Forum on Performance Practice
  • Michael Heim, University of California at Los Angeles
    "Translating Chekhov’s Plays: Collaboration in the Theater"
  • Carol Rocamora, Tisch School of the Arts, New York University
    "Must there be a cherry orchard?: Directors' perceptions of Chekhov"
  • Alexander Popov, Moscow Art Theatre
  • Ellen Beckerman, Lightbox Theatre (Manhattan)