Indiana University Bloomington

Andrew R. Durkin, Ph.D.

Professor Emritus

Andrew R. DurkinE-mail address:

Degree: B.A., Boston College, 1966; M.A., Columbia, 1970; Ph.D., Columbia. 1975.

Dissertation: "The Art of S. T. Aksakov."

Specialties/Research Interests: Russian Fiction.

Current project(s): Works of Anton Chekhov; Joseph Conrad’s Links to Russian Literature.


  • Sergei Aksakov and Russian Pastoral. New Brunswick, N.J.: Rutgers University Press, 1983.
Articles (Recent and Selected)
  • "Chekhov's Response to Dostoevskii: The Case of 'Ward Six'." Slavic Review, Spring, 1981.
  • "Trifonov's 'Taking Stock': The Role of Chekhovian Subtext." SEEJ, 28:1.
  • "The Cherry Orchard in English: An Overview." Yearbook of General and Comparative Literature 33 (1984).
  • "The Technique of Chekhov's Fiction" (chapter), in T. Clyman, ed., A Chekhov Companion. Westport, Conn.: Greenwood Press, 1985.
  • "Pastoral and Anti-Pastoral in Chekhov." in Anton P. Cechov. Werk und Wirkung. ed. Rolf-Dieter Kluge (Opera Slavica. Neue Folge: Band 18) (Wiesbaden: Otto Harrasowitz, 1990). Teil II, pp. 675-687.
  • "Chehofu no chuuhen 'kettoo' ni okeru shinjukoo to dentoo" ["Hero and Tradition in Chekhov's Story 'The Duel'"]. trans. T. Hara. Surabukenkyuusentaa kenkyuuhookokushiriizu No. 25. [Slavic Research Center Research Report Series no. 25] pp. 38-43.
  • "The Overthrow of Authority in Chekhov's 'My Life'." Acta Slavica Iaponica VIII.
  • "Narrators and Frames in Chekhov's Little Trilogy." Indiana Slavic Studies VI (1990).
  • "Allusion and Dialogue in Chekhov's 'The Duel'" in Robert Louis Jackson, ed., Reading Chekhov's Text. Evanston, Illinois: Northwestern University Press, 1993.
  • "Cechov's Art in Cechov's 'Art'". In R.-D. Kluge and V. B. Kataev, eds., Anton P. Cechov: Philosophie und Religion in Leben und Werk. (Proceedings of the Second International Chekhov Symposium in Badenweiler. Munich: Otto Sagner, 1997. pp. 575-579.
  • "Chekhov and the Journals of his Time." Chapter in Deborah A. Martinsen, ed., Literary Journals in Imperial Russia. Cambridge University Press, 1997. pp. 228-245.
  • "Henry James's Response to Pushkin: Pikovaia dama and `The Aspern Papers'" in Robert A. Maguire et al., eds., American Contributions to the XII International Congress of Slavists. Bloomington, IN: Slavica, 1998. pp. 52-61.
  • "Pushkin among the Edwardians: Revision and Renewal of Cultural Memory in James and Conrad" in Genres as Repositories of Cultural Memory, ed. H. van Gorp and U. Musarra-Schroeder (vol. V of Proceedings of the Xvth Congress of the International Comparative Literature Association). Amsterdam-Atlanta: Rodopi, 2000. pp. 67-76.
  • "Chekhov and the Peredvizhniki: the evidence of 'Art,'" Depictions: Slavic Studies in the Narrative and Visual Arts in Honor of William E. Harkins, Douglas M. Greenfield, ed. Ardis, 2000. Pp. 24-32.
  • "Sorry, Wrong Number (on Chekhov and the telephone)," Letter to the Editor, New York Times Book Review, Nov. 26, 2000.
  • "A Guide to the Guides: Writing on Birds in Nineteen-Century Russia". Volume on writing on nature in Russia, edited by Rachel May (Macalester College) (under consideration).
  • Entry on S. T. Aksakov, Encyclopedia of Life Writing, Margaretta Jolly, ed. Chicago and London: Fitzroy and Dearborn, 2001.
  • Foreword to Marina Kanevskaya, The Cruel Critic: N. K. Mikhailovsky's Rejection of Dostoevsky. Mellen Press, 2001.
  • Close Reading and Closed Reading: Chekhov's ASupruga@. Indiana Slavic Studies (Festschrift for Vadim Liapunov). 2003.
  • Pushkin and Joseph Conrad: From the Povesti Belkina to the Limits of Parody. in Robert A. Maguire et al., eds., American Contributions to the XII International Congress of Slavists. Bloomington, IN: Slavica 2003.
  • *@Transgression and Sakhalin: Dostoevskian Subtext in Chekhov=s >Murder=@ In Siberia and the Russian Far East in the 21st Century: Chekhov and Sakhalin., ed. T. Mochizuki (Slavic Eurasian Studies, No. 6-2). (Sapporo, Japan: Slavic Research Center, Hokkaido University, 2005), pp. 33-54.
  • *AHunters Off the Beaten Track: The Dismantling of Pastoral Myth in Chekhov and Crane@ in J. deSherbinin and M. Finke, eds. Chekhov the Immigrant: Translating a Cultural Icon. Slavica. (forthcoming).