Ukrainian Studies

Department of Slavic Languages and Literatures

SLA238H1, Fall Semester, Literature of the Ukrainian Canadian Experience, 2017

Kurelek. The Ukrainian Pioneer

Class meeets on Thursdays from 1:00 to 3:00 PM in AH206.
Instructor:Maxim Tarnawsky121 St. Joseph St. Alumni Hall 403 416-926-1300 x3338FAX 416-926-2076

Slavic 238 offers a survey of Canadian literature reflecting the experience or perceptions of Ukrainians in Canada from the earliest settlers to the present. The readings in the course consist of a selection of literary texts in which Ukrainians in Canada are depicted. The works are examined from a variety of perspectives, including history, sociology, politics, and aesthetics. Texts include works originally written in English, French and Ukrainian but all readings are in English. Among the works studied are: Ralph Connor's The Foreigner, Illja Kirjak's Sons of the Soil, Margaret Laurence's A Jest of God, George Ryga's A Letter to My Son, Ted Galay's After Baba's Funeral, and Andrew Suknaski's In the Name of Narid.

Prerequisite: none
Graded course requirements:
Concluding Test Nov 30, 2017 25%
Term Paper, 6–8 pgs. Nov 30, 2017 20%
Assignment 1 October 5, 2017 15%
Assignment 2 November 16, 2017 15%
Class Presentations As scheduled 15%
Attendance and Participation Weekly 10%

Term papers are due at the last class, Thursday, Nov 30, 2017, in class. Late papers will be penalized three percentage points for every day they are late up to Dec 8, 2017. Papers are to be 6–8 pages, typed, double spaced, and in English. Papers are to be written on topics approved by the instructor.

Assignments are brief essays of approximately 600 words (less than two pages) due on the days indicated on the schedule. Topics will be given a week in advance.

Class Presentations are oral reports to the class on works other than those read by the class as a whole. Students must choose a work of literature from the list of suggested readings. Students are to give an oral presentation of from ten to fifteen minutes. Presentations should be constructed as a general overview of the work and its author along with a subjective evaluation of the most salient features of the work. Presentations are scheduled on a first come first served basis within normal class meetings. No more than two presentations per class meeting. Email the instructor to reserve a date on the schedule.

Students are invited to read Prof. Tarnawsky's paper comparing Janice Kulyk Keefer's The Green Library and Askold Melnyczuk's What is Told.

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