Ukrainian Studies

Department of Slavic Languages and Literatures

SLA238H1, Spring Semester, Literature of the Ukrainian Canadian Experience, 2014

Kurelek. The Ukrainian Pioneer

Class meeets on Thursdays from 2:00 to 4:00 PM in Alumni Hall, Rm. 206
Instructor:Maxim Tarnawsky121 St. Joseph St. Alumni Hall 403
tarn@chass.utoronto.ca 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

Workload: Students are required to write an in-class test at the end of the term, to write an end-of-term paper (8-10 pages) and a mid-term test, and to make a brief (10-15 minutes) oral presentation in class. Class attendance and participation are also required and graded.

Graded course requirements:
Concluding Test Apr 3, 2014 25%
Term Paper, 8-10pgs. Apr 3, 2014 30%
Term test Feb 13, 2014 – due Feb 27, 2014 25%
Class Presentation and participationas scheduled 20%

Term papers are due at the last class, Thursday, April 3, 2014, in class. Late papers will be penalized three percentage points for every day they are late up to Apr 10, 2014. Papers are to be 8-10 pages, typed, double spaced, and in English. Papers are to be written on topics approved by the instructor.

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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