Event—Adult Education

Focus on Ukraine


Read Gogol, Babel, and Bulgakov in the broad context of the history, culture, and the national identity of Ukraine.

Nikolai Gogol by Alexander Ivanov. Source: Alexander Ivanov, Public domain, via Wikimedia Commons

Class Description

We will read Gogol’s Ukrainian Tales, Babel’s Odessa Stories, Bulgakov’s White Guard and will examine them in the broad context of the history, culture, and the national identity of Ukraine from early times to the first quarter of the 20th century. 

These writers were born in Ukraine but wrote in Russian. Gogol’s free verbal creation tales of rural Ukraine, Babel’s stories of Jewish childhood and enticing violent world of Odessa underworld, and Bulgakov’s family saga about the chaos of war and individual acts of humanity testify to the complexity and multi-faced nature of Ukraine.

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

Materials List



First Reading:

  • Please read Evenings on a Farm near Dikanka (Part I), Volume 1, pp. 3 – 88 for the first session.

Cost and Registration

Nine sessions, $330 ($300 for Newberry members, seniors, and students). Learn about becoming a member.

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