Tom Stoppard's The Coast of Utopia

Saturday, March 8, 2014
(This program continues for multiple sessions)
Saturdays, March 8 – April 26 (class will not meet March 22 and April 19)

10 am – Noon

Led by Julia Denne
This class is full and registration has closed.

We will discuss Tom Stoppard’s epic trilogy, The Coast of Utopia, along with Isaiah Berlin’s Russian Thinkers, a set of essays that helped Stoppard contextualize pre-revolutionary Russia. By focusing on the plays’ four main figures (Herzen, Belinsky, Turgenev, and Bakunin), we will examine the turbulent and dynamic nature of mid-nineteenth century Russian intellectual history. The readings will be supplemented by biographical, historical, and critical information provided by the instructor. Please read the first part of the trilogy, Voyage, for the first session.

Julia Denne studied literature at St. Petersburg University, Russia, and teaches Russian and Soviet literature in the Chicago area.

Materials List

  • The Coast of Utopia by Tom Stoppard. Grove Press, New York, 2007. ISBN-13: 978-0802143402
  • Russian Thinkers by Isaiah Berlin. Penguin Classics, 2008 (2nd edition). ISBN-13: 978-0141442204

Readings for the First Session:

  • Please read the first part of the trilogy, Voyage, for the first session.

This class is part of the Newberry’s Adult Education Seminars Program.

Cost and Registration Information 

Six sessions, $200.
This class is full and online registration is closed. Call (312) 255-3700 to be placed on the waiting list.