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June 24, 2019 / Irene2468

Looking Forward to Fall at the Newberry: The Twelve Chairs and The Little Golden Calf as a Panorama of Soviet Life in the 1920s

Kukryniksy, 1969

This fall at the the Newberry, we will read and discuss The Twelve Chairs and The Little Golden Calf, two wonderful novels from the 1920s that were an instant and universal hit and continue to delight and inspire readers and artists. Authors Ilya Ilf (1897-1937) and Evgeny Petrov (1903-1942) are the best-loved humorists in the history of Russian literature, and I am excited to have the opportunity to share their work with you as we explore everyday life in the Soviet Union in the 1920s through the lens of The Twelve Chairs and The Little Golden Calf.

The seminar will include both presentations and group discussion. We will focus on close textual analysis of two novels over a period of nine meetings, supplemented by biographical, historical, cultural, and critical information related to the novels. During the sessions, short episodes (not longer than 10 – 15 minutes each) will be shown from Russian movies based on the novels or connected to the novels.

We will meet on Saturday mornings from 10:00 am to noon starting on September 28, 2019 and ending on December 7, 2019. Sign-up will take place on the Newberry’s website on Tuesday, August 27, 2019 starting at 9:00 am. Click here for the Newberry’s course description and registration link. To read the complete seminar outline, including the reading assignments, click here.