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My name is Julia Denne. I am a teacher of Russian literature, history, art, and language in the Chicago area. I teach classes for teenagers and adults.

I studied linguistics and literature at St. Petersburg University in Russia. From 2005-2020, I started and ran Life Readers Classics Study Group at the Arlington Heights Memorial Library for people interested in serious, longer works. I have been teaching seminars at the Newberry library in Chicago since 2007.

My friend, author Leslie Schultz, interviewed me in 2013 for her blog Winona Media. If you’d like to learn more about my thoughts on teaching Russian literature, and read my recommendations for ten great Russian works to add to your reading list, please follow this link to Leslie’s blog.

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Julia Kriventsova Denne