On Tuesday, the last of the seminar series talks will take place. Rosamund Bartlett will come and speak on "Tolstoy, Chekhov, and the Music of Russian Prose." As usual, the talk will be held at 5pm in the Latimer Room of Clare College. All are welcome. Tea, coffee and biscuits will be served from 4:45pm.

Here is Dr. Bartlett's abstract:

‘Tolstoy, Chekhov and the Music of Russian Prose’,

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. 



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