Dostoevsky's Petersburg Tales

Saturday, June 14, 2014
(This program continues for multiple sessions)
Saturdays, June 14 – August 9 (class will not meet July 5)

10 am – Noon (Morning session) OR 1 – 3 pm (Afternoon session)

The morning session of class is full; the afternoon is open.
Led by Julia Denne

Note: There are two sessions of this class to accommodate demand. They both have the same content.

How does Dostoevsky capture the fluidity, instability, and inner complexity of human nature? We will discuss a selection of the author’s novels and stories including Poor Folk, The Double, A Disgraceful Affair, Notes from the Underground, The Eternal Husband, “White Nights,” “A Crocodile,” and A Gentle Creature,” as well as parts from the best film adaptations of his work. Readings will be supplemented by biographical, historical, and critical information provided by the leader. Please read Poor Folk 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 Texts:

  • Great Short Works of Fyodor Dostoevsky. Perennial Classics, New York, 2004. ISBN: 0-06-072646-6 / ISBN-13: 978-0060726461
  • Poor Folk by Fyodor Dostoevsky translated by Robert Dessaix. Ardis Publishers, Woodstock & New York, 2003. ISBN: 0-88233-755-6 / ISBN-13: 978-0882337555
  • Note: Dostoevsky’s short story “A Crocodile” is available free online in public domain here.

Readings for the First Class:

  • Poor Folk by Fyodor Dostoevsky translated by Robert Dessaix

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

Cost and registration information: 

Eight sessions, $220.
The morning session of this course is full and registration has closed. Please call (312) 255-3700 to be added to the waiting list.
Register Online for the afternoon session