Gogol’s "Dead Souls" | Newberry

Gogol’s "Dead Souls"

Led by Julia Denne. Five sessions, 10 am - noon
Saturday, March 9, 2019
Saturdays, March 9 – April 13 (class will not meet on March 23)

10 am - noon

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

Cost and Registration Information

Early Registration Price (January 8 at 9 am** – January 25 at 4 pm): $210
Regular Registration Price (January 25 at 4 pm – first day of class): $231

** 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

Of the great 19th-century Russian writers, Nikolai Gogol was among the most enigmatic and original. In this seminar, we will perform a close analysis of his novel Dead Souls, a brilliantly imaginative and bitingly written satire of Russian society featuring a con man who buys the identities of dead serfs. Our discussions will be contextualized with supplementary historical and critical readings, and we will also view and discuss episodes from a Russian film adaptation and Marc Chagall’s etchings of scenes from the novel.
Five sessions. E - $210, L - $231

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

Materials List


  • Nikolay Gogol, Dead Souls, Penguin Classics, 2004. ISBN: 978-0140448078

First Reading:

  • For the first class, please read chapters 1-3 of Dead Souls.

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