St. Petersburg through Pushkin’s “The Bronze Horseman” and “The Queen of Spades” | Newberry

St. Petersburg through Pushkin’s “The Bronze Horseman” and “The Queen of Spades”

Led by Julia Denne. 4 sessions, 10 am - noon.
Saturday, June 9, 2018
Saturdays, June 9 - June 30

10 am - noon

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

Cost and Registration Information

Early Registration Price (April 17 at 10 am – May 4 at 4 pm): $185
Regular Registration Price (May 4 at 4 pm – first day of class): $203.5

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

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

Excuse our dust!

The Newberry is undergoing an extensive first floor renovation in 2018. This project will be ongoing during the Summer 2018 seminar term. The Adult Education Seminars Program still has 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 Summer 2018 term. 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

Pushkin’s masterpieces, “The Bronze Horseman” and “The Queen of Spades”, will transport the participants from their armchair to St. Petersburg—from its foundation in 1703 to the mid-nineteenth century. We will examine St. Petersburg as an urban, imperial metropolis, a “window onto Europe,” and an ambivalent cultural myth and metaphor for Russia. Readings will be supplemented by historical and critical information and episodes from films provided by the leader. Four sessions.

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

Materials List


  • Alexander Pushkin, The Queen of Spades and Selected Works. Pushkin Press, 2012. ISBN#: 978-1908968036.


  • Solomon Volkov, St. Petersburg: A Cultural History. Translated by Antonina W. Bouis. The Free Press/Simon & Schuster, 1995. ISBN#: 978-0028740522

First Reading (optional):

  • For the first class, please read chapter 1 of Volkov’s book.

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