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One member of each group should describe in 100 words or less the project, provide a link or access to the project, identify all contributors and if possible indicate the major contributions of each to the final project. The project description and link should be posted the evening before class.

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  1. Vanda Gaidamovic says:

    After reading Nikolai Chernyshevsky’s utopian novel “What Is to Be Done?”, we were intrigued by the “missing” seventh section of Vera Pavlovna’s fourth dream, now widely believed to signify the revolution. In 19th Century Russia, Chernyshevsky was unable to illustrate his idea of the revolution due to tsarist censorship, so as students of the 21st Century, we have decided to write it ourselves and make a website and compile an eBook.

    There were two main challenges we dealt with as co-authors of the seventh part of Vera Pavlovna’s final dream, entitled “The Revolution”. Firstly, we tried not to depart too radically from Chernyshevsky’s original worldview and his revolutionary ethics. The piece we produced, contains various appropriate paraphrased and reconsidered thoughts and ideas of the author, taken from his correspondence, articles, novels and biographies or analyses of his writings, suggested by numerous American and Russian scholars. Secondly, we attempted to imitate the author’s original writing style. The passage maintains Chernyshevsky’s original, almost biblical tone and dialogue-heavy composition. Such an approach, while allowing us freedom of interpretation, helped us to maintain an authentic feel.
    “The Revolution” includes our English text and the Russian translation.

    The link to the website:
    http://chernyshevsky.wordpress.com/

    Research, foreword and translation by Vanda Gaidamovic
    Research, dream sequence and cover art by Margarita Fulford
    Website content and eBook compilation by Anna Mackey

  2. Emily de Koning says:

    “Chekhov Stories: Life According to Chekhov” is a multimedia approach to enjoying Chekhov’s short stories. Focusing on six of his most well-known and representative tales, we have compiled audio, art, video, and text sources with the hope of providing visitors with a modern and accessible way to experience the short fiction of Anton Chekhov.

    Russell Jacobs was responsible for text (bio and comments).
    Isabel Howard was responsible for image sourcing, and organization.
    Brandt Silver-Korn was responsible for video production, as well as video, readings, quotes, and adaptation sourcing.
    Emily de Koning was responsible for the technological aspects of the website and the video editing.

    http://community.middlebury.edu/~edekoning/CHEKHOVstory/Welcome.html

    The site is permanently located at http://community.middlebury.edu/~beyer/CHEKHOVstory

  3. Sarah Bellingham says:

    I’m sorry; that was a little longer than 100 words. However, I hope that you enjoy reading our teaser as much as I enjoyed writing it.

  4. Sarah Bellingham says:

    http://unveilingvanya.wordpress.com

    Alexandra Siega, Rouan Yao, and Sarah Bellingham are proud to present their project on Anton P. Chekhov’s plays. Rather than spread themselves thin, this trio decided to focus exclusively on Chekhov’s Uncle Vanya. Alex, Rouan, and Sarah did this by creating a WordPress website with everything you need to know about Chekhov’s Uncle Vanya.

    This website is well organized and easy to navigate. By the use of parent/child pages and text links, the reader is able to go as in depth into Uncle Vanya as their heart may desire. The website has 11 parent pages that can be found at the top of the web page. A sidebar allows for immediate access to the child pages. Alexandra Siega created the Home, Adaptations, Plot Summary, Useful Quotes, and Vanya at Midd pages, acting as Director of Field Research. Her Adaptations page divides into three child pages: Screen Adaptations, Stage Adaptations, and Additional Adaptations. These pages include text, videos, interviews, and images. As the Artistic Design Director and Uncle Vanya Analyst, Rouan Yao pioneered the Characters and Themes pages. Rouan’s Character page has a detailed child page for each character in the play. These pages feature a character description, character analysis, and an analysis of the character’s name. The pages also feature original Rouan Yao artwork! Sarah Bellingham took on the position as Director of Research and History with the pages Chekhov: A Biography, Historical Context, and History of the Play. The Historical Context page features a timeline with text links that allow the reader to explore relevant events, people, and places in depth.

    Alexandra Siega, Rouan Yao, and Sarah Bellingham all took part in the creation of the website. As they explored and experimented with WordPress, they were constantly in contact with one another to share discoveries and progress. They made use of the website’s network capabilities and linked to one another’s pages. Alex, Rouan, and Sarah peer-edited each other’s pages for accuracy in grammar and content, as well as for optimum use of WordPress. They hope that you enjoy the site!

  5. Juan Machado says:

    Project Digital Oblomov – using tumblr we created a digital companion to Oblomov by Ivan Goncharov. This project is an intersection between a critical appendix to a work and an expanded wikipedia page with media. It includes information on Goncharov’s life, English translations, adaptations, the influence it exerted and more. The work can be accessed here: http://digitaloblomov.tumblr.com (most of the content is up, but it will only be organized into categories Monday evening).

    Juan was responsible for creating and formatting the tumblr page and for generating content for the following sections: Adaptations, Oblomov on the internet, Oblomov in print, Translations, Nikita Mikhalkov’s movie.

    Ben was responsible for generation content for the following sections: Memorable quotes, Allusions, Influence the work exerted.

    Melody was responsible for creating a sub-division of our page in Chinese and for generating content about the author’s life, including a selection of his letters and a timeline of his life.

  6. Kelsey says:

    A few more notes:

    On the Twitter page, click more on the bottom of the page until you can’t any more, and then start reading upward. The first few tweets are just us learning how to use Twitter.

    The group members are Flora Weeks, Bry Kleber, Katharine Burdine, and Kelsey Calhoun.

  7. Kelsey says:

    Our project is focused on the lives and public reception of 19th century Russian female authors. The prejudices, obstacles, and audiences that were reality for the few women who ventured to write in that age were complicated and daunting. Very little of their writing is still in print, but they paved the way for later female authors. Our project imagines these four temporally-spaced authors in a writing group together, communicating by Twitter before finally meeting up. Each group member researched and tweeted as a different author, and we all contributed to formatting constructive discussions for our historical characters.
    This is the link to our Twitter project: http://twitter.com/karolinapavlova/russian-women-authors
    When it prompts you for a username and login, use these:
    username: ivan_groznyi
    password: russ151

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