Special Topics in Performance Practice: Krzhizhanovsky and the Soviet Fantastic

Sigizmund Krzhizhanovsky (1887-1950), a phantasmagorical prose-writer with active experience in theater (original plays and adaptations), went almost unpublished during his lifetime. His work began to appear and be translated only in the post-Communist era. This seminar-workshop investigates the theatrical potential of his prose against the cultural background of the Bolshevik 1920s and Stalinist 1930s. Participants will dramatize scenes from Krzhizhanovsky’s stories.

Sample reading list:
Sigizmund Krzhizhanovsky, The Letter Killers Club (trans. Joanne Turnbull)
Sigizmund Krzhizhanovsky, Autobiography of a Corpse (trans. Joanne Turnbull)
Nick Worrall, Modernism to Realism on the Soviet Stage:Tairov – Vakhtangov
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Caryl Emerson

A. Watson Armour III University Professor of Slavic Languages and Literatures



Tuesdays, 1:30 - 3:20 pm
Fridays, 1:30 - 4:20 pm


Caryl Emerson

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