Mikhail Bulgakov: Early Satire and The Master and Margarita | Newberry

Mikhail Bulgakov: Early Satire and The Master and Margarita

Led by Julia Kriventsova Denne.
Saturday, September 25, 2021
Eight sessions. Saturdays, September 25-November 13.



For the Fall 2021 term, we’re offering a mix of virtual and in-person classes. Although we are still primarily virtual, you will find a smaller selection of in-person seminars in the schedule. For more information about the Newberry’s virtual seminars, including a Zoom tutorial, please see our Virtual Seminars FAQ page. Registration opens on September 1st at 9am (Central time). Registration will take place through our online platform, Learning Stream.

Seminar Description

During his lifetime, Mikhail Bulgakov, who defiantly stood up for the integrity of art and personal independence, was hardly published. Indeed, his masterpiece The Master and Margarita–a poignant blend of exuberant comedy and romance, interweaving stories about the devil’s visit to Moscow and an encounter between Jesus Christ and Pontius Pilate–was written in great secrecy in Moscow in the 1930s, then hidden for decades and only published in 1967. In this course, we will focus on a close analysis of Bulgakov’s novel, as well as his shorter satirical work, supplementing our discussion with background and contextual information

Eight sessions. Registration – $280

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

Materials List


First Reading:

Please read Mikhail Bulgakov’s The Fatal Eggs for the first session

Cost and Registration Information 

<<h1>Registration Information

Registration opens at 9 am (CST) on Wednesday, September 1st . Newberry Associates members at the Literati level and above will have access to early registration beginning August 25th at 10am. Learn more about membership benefits and becoming a Newberry Associate.

Please note: The Newberry is moving to a new registration system called Learning Stream. This will simplify the registration process for participants, instructors, and staff. For more information about registration, including a guide to online registration, see our Registration Information page. Questions? Please contact seminars program staff via email at seminars@newberry.org.

We offer a 10% discount to members, seniors, and students.

This seminar is part of the Newberry’s Adult Education Seminars Program. Learn more about registering for a seminar, program policies, or teaching a seminar.