Childhood in Russia: Leo Tolstoy, Maxim Gorky, and Vladimir Nabokov

Saturday, March 17, 2012
Saturday, March 24, 2012
Saturday, March 31, 2012
Saturday, April 14, 2012
Saturday, April 21, 2012
Saturday, April 28, 2012

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. 

Six sessions, $170.
This class is full and registration is closed. 

Materials List
Required:
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