Polemics on Nihilism: Dostoevsky’s The Devils and J. M. Coetzee’s The Master of Petersburg

Saturday, September 21, 2013
(This program continues for multiple sessions)
Saturdays, September 21 – November 23

10 am – Noon (morning session); or 1 – 3 pm (afternoon session)

Online registration for the morning session is closed.
Led by Julia Kriventsova Denne

Is Dostoevsky’s The Devils a grotesque caricature of the Russian nihilist movement of the 1860s? How does The Master of Petersburg broaden and depend on our understanding of The Devils? We will examine Dostoevsky’s The Devils and J. M. Coetzee’s The Master of Petersburg, which demonstrate narrative sophistication, psychological insight, and philosophical complexity. The instructor will supplement the readings with biographical, historical, and critical information. Please read the first two chapters of The Devils for the first session.

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

Materials List
Required:
Dostoevsky, Fyodor. The Devils. Translated by Michael R. Katz. Oxford World’s Classics, 2008. ISBN: 978-0199540495
Coetzee, J. M. The Master of Petersburg. Penguin Books, 1995. ISBN: 978-0140238105

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

Cost and registration information: 

Ten sessions, $240.
Online registration for the morning session is closed. Please call (312) 255-3700 to register.
Register for the afternoon session