10 am – Noon
Why does Tolstoy’s presentation of childhood have such a profound hold on the Russian imagination? How did it become the point of departure for other writers? We will immerse ourselves in the world of childhood recollections found in Tolstoy’s Childhood, Gorky’s My Childhood, and Nabokov’s Speak, Memory, examining the portrayal of childhood as a pattern of Russian cultural history. Supplemental biographical, historical, and critical information will be provided. Please read chapters 1 through 14 of Tolstoy’s Childhood for the first session.
Julia Kriventsova Denne studied literature at St. Petersburg University, Russia, and teaches Russian literature in the Chicago area.
Gorky, Maxim. My Childhood. Translated by Ronald Wilks. Penguin Books, 1991. ISBN: 978-0140182859
Nabokov, Vladimir. Speak, Memory. Everyman’s Library, 1999. ISBN: 978-0375405532
Tolstoy, Leo. Childhood, Boyhood, Youth. Translated by Rosemary Edmonds. Penguin Classics, 1964. ISBN: 978-0140441390