Canceled - Russian Realism: Painting and Literature from 1840-1900 | Newberry

Canceled - Russian Realism: Painting and Literature from 1840-1900

Led by Julia Denne. Six sessions. 10 am - 12 pm.
Saturday, February 29, 2020
Saturdays, February 29 - April 18 (class will not meet on March 14 or April 11)

10 am - 12 pm


Out of an abundance of caution in response to the spread of COVID-19, we have canceled all remaining seminars in the Winter/Spring 2020 term. Please visit for further updates.

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Seminar Description

***Please note that the seminar dates have changed from the print brochure. The seminar will meet on Saturday, March 28 and will not meet on Saturday, March 14.

This interdisciplinary seminar will provide an introduction to the riches of the Russian realist tradition, focusing on the dialogue and parallels between the Russian realist painters, especially the Wanderers and Ilya Repin, and the urban literary sketches and short works of Turgenev, Tolstoy, and Dostoevsky. While the Russian realist writers have been integrated into the Western literary tradition, Russian realist painting is less well-known and deserves special attention due in part to its importance to Russian and Western cultures.

Six sessions. E – $230, R – $253

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

Materials List


  • A selection of shorter materials distributed by the instructor.

First Reading:

  • Please read sketches from The Physiology of Petersburg (a digital file of this reading will be distributed before the seminar begins).

Registration Information

  • Online registration opens at 9 am (CST) on Tuesday, January 7.
  • Phone registration opens at 12 pm (CST) on Wednesday, January 8.

Early registration (E) prices are in effect from January 7 at 9 am through January 24 at 4 pm. Regular registration (R) prices are in effect January 24 at 4 pm through the end of the term.

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

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