Soviet Experiments in the 1920s: Bulgakov’s White Guard, Zamyatin’s We, Olesha’s Envy, and Vertov’s Man with a Movie Camera

Saturday, March 2, 2013
(This program continues for multiple sessions)
Led by Julia Kriventsova Denne

Saturdays, 10 am – Noon
March 2 – April 27 (class will not meet March 30 and April 20) [note: the schedule has been updated]
This class is full and registration is closed.

Saturdays, 1 – 3 pm
March 2 – April 20 (class will not meet March 30)
This section has been canceled.

How did utopian and revolutionary visions affect social and cultural experimentation in the Soviet Union of the 1920s? How did artists respond to this stormy period in Russia’s history? We will examine three short novels and one film, each experimental in structure and subject matter, which challenge conventional preconceptions about Soviet art in this period. The works will be supplemented with biographical, historical, and critical information. Please read parts one and two of White Guard for the first session.

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

Materials List
Required:
Bulgakov, Mikhail. White Guard. Trans. Marian Schwartz, Yale University Press, 2008. ISBN: 9780300151459
Zamyatin , Evgeny. We. Trans. Natasha Randall, Modern Library Classics, 2006. ISBN: 9780812974621
Olesha, Yuri. Envy. Trans. Marian Schwartz, New York Review Books, 2004. ISBN: 9781590170861

Recommended:
Fitzpatrick, Sheila. The Russian Revolution (3rd Edition), Oxford University Press, 2008. ISBN: 9780199237678
Man with a Movie Camera (1929). Directed by Dziga Vertov. DVD (68 min) by Image Entertainment, 2002.

This class is part of the Newberry’s Adult Education Seminars Program.

Cost and registration information: 

Seven sessions, $180