The Russian Avant-Garde: Art and Literature, 1910 - 1932 | Newberry

The Russian Avant-Garde: Art and Literature, 1910 - 1932

Led by Julia Kriventsova Denne
Saturday, February 20, 2021
Seven sessions, Saturdays, February 20 - April 17 (Class will not meet March 27 and April 3)

10 am - 12 pm (Central Time)

Full. Email to be added to the wait list.

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Seminar Description

This interdisciplinary seminar will provide an introduction to the Russian avant-garde as a complex mosaic of styles and individuals, focusing on the dialogue between the Russian artists and writers who, at a time of radical change, tried to create new systems of thinking and languages. We will examine a wide range of ideas and movements, experimental in structure and subject matter, and will discuss works by Chagall, Kandinsky, Malevich, Goncharova, Petrov-Vodkin, Filonov, and Deineka, as well as poems by Mayakovsky and Akhmatova, stories by Bulgakov, and two short novels, Zamyatin’s We and Platonov’s The Foundation Pit.

Seven sessions. Registration – $250

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

Materials List


  • A selection of shorter materials distributed by the instructor.

  • We by Evgeny Zamyatin. Modern Library Classics, 2006. ISBN: 9780812974621

  • The Foundation Pit by Andrey Platonov. New York Review of Books, 2009. ISBN: 9781590173053

First Reading:

  • For the first session, please read the short stories included in your confirmation email.

Registration Information

Registration opens at 9 am (CST) on Wednesday, January 13th. Newberry Associates members at the Literati level and above will have access to early registration beginning January 7 at 10am. Learn more about membership benefits and becoming a Newberry Associate.

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

This seminar has reached capacity. Please email to be added to the wait list.

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