DCA Russian Literature Seminar Explores the Inspirational “Eugene Onegin”

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Beginning December 4th, explore the novel in verse that inspired Tchaikovsky to compose an opera, John Cranko to choreograph a three-act ballet, and the 1999 movie with Ralph Fiennes and Liv Tyler.

Eugene Onegin is the master work of poet Alexander Pushkin, whom Russians regard as the fountainhead of their literature. Set in 1820s Russia, Pushkin's verse novel follows the fates of three men and three women. Engaging, full of suspense, and varied in tone, it portrays a large cast of characters and offers the reader many literary, philosophical, and autobiographical digressions, often in a highly satirical way. Eugene Onegin was Pushkin's own favorite work, and the selected translation provides the literal sense and the poetic music of the original.

The class will also listen to excerpts from Tchaikovsky’s opera, and view segments from the film and ballet inspired by Pushkin’s masterpiece.

Professor Lenka Pichlikova-Burke, Adjunct Professor at Fairfield University of Central European Culture, Russian & East European Studies since 1999, leads this seminar over two consecutive Tuesdays, December 4th & 11th.  Held from 12:30-2:30pm, the public price for these two sessions is $90; $75 for DCA members.  A maximum of 12 students will be accepted.  Students are required to read the Stanley Mitchell / Penguin Classics edition prior to the first class; this edition can be purchased with a 10% discount in Barrett Bookstore’s Book Group section.

To register please contact the DCA by phone to (203) 655-9050 during office hours of 9am-3pm Monday through Thursday, or 9am-12pm Friday, or by email to info@dariendca.org  To receive notice of upcoming programs via email, contact the DCA. View details of all DCA programs at dariendca.org/


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