The Comedy and Tragedy in Chekhov’s Stories | Newberry

The Comedy and Tragedy in Chekhov’s Stories

Led by Julia Denne. Six sessions, 10 am - noon.
Saturday, March 24, 2018
Saturdays, March 24 - May 5 (class will not meet on March 31)

10 am - noon

Online registration is closed. Call (312) 255-3700 to register.

Cost and Registration Information

Early Registration Price (January 9 at 10 am – January 26 at 4 pm): $210
Regular Registration Price (January 26 at 4 pm – first day of class): $231

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

Online registration is closed, but you can still register by phone. Please call (312) 255-3700 to do so.

Excuse our dust!

Beginning January 2018 the Newberry will be undertaking renovation of much of the first floor. The Adult Education Seminars Program will still have use of the basement classrooms, but please check this link frequently for the latest conditions - which exterior doors are open or closed, where to find an accessible entrance, which restrooms are available, etc.

Because of the renovation, the Newberry Bookstore will be closed during the Winter/Spring and Summer 2018 terms. As such, seminar participants will be responsible for acquiring all required texts for their seminars on their own. We apologize sincerely for the inconvenience, and appreciate your understanding. We have put together a list of helpful resources that should make it easy to find the books you need.

Seminar Description

Though known primarily as a playwright in the West, Chekhov is a master of the short story. Chekhov’s understated sense of humor and his humanistic vision make his stories universal and accessible to modern readers. We will focus on close analysis of Chekhov’s short masterpieces. Readings will be supplemented by biographical, historical, and critical information, and episodes from notable film adaptations will be provided by the leader. Six sessions.

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

Materials List


  • Anton Chekhov’s Selected Stories, selected and edited by Cathy Popkin. A Norton Critical Edition, 2014. ISBN#: 978-0393925302

First Reading:

  • For the first class, please read Fat and Thin,A Chameleon, and Oysters.

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