Gogol’s Comedies: "The Gamblers", "Marriage", and "The Government Inspector" | Newberry

Gogol’s Comedies: "The Gamblers", "Marriage", and "The Government Inspector"

Led by Julia Kriventsova Denne. Four sessions. 10 am - noon
Saturday, June 15, 2019
Saturdays, June 15 - July 6

10 am - noon

This seminar is full. Call (312) 255-3700 to be on the waitlist.

Cost and Registration Information

Early Registration Price (May 7 at 9 am** – May 24 at 4 pm): $195
Regular Registration Price (May 24 at 4 pm – first day of class): $214.5

** Registration opens online at 9 am. Phone registration will be accepted starting at 10 am.

Members, seniors, and students get a 10% discount.

This seminar is full. Please call (312) 255-3700 to be added to the wait list.

Seminar Description

A natural comic who looked at the world from an odd angle, Gogol incited a veritable revolution in Russian drama, liberating dramatic comedy from didacticism and sentimentality. In this course, we will undertake a close analysis of his three completed comedies, works that are as straightforwardly funny as they are expressions of a richly surreal imagination. Readings will be supplemented with historical and critical information—on theater productions and dominant interpretations, for example—and excerpt of Russian film versions will also be viewed in class.

Four sessions. E – $195, L – $214.5

Julia Kriventsova Denne studied literature at St. Petersburg University, Russia, and currently leads several groups on Russian literature in the Chicago area.

Materials List


  • Nikolai Gogol, Gogol: Plays and Selected Writings. Northwestern University Press, 1994. ISBN: 978-0810111592

First Reading:

  • For the first class, please read “The Gamblers” in Gogol: Plays and Selected Writings.

This class is part of the Newberry’s Adult Education Seminars Program. Learn more about our registration procedures.