Ukrainian Studies

Department of Slavic Languages and Literatures

SLA248H1. Women and Women's Themes in Ukrainian Literature. Spring 2019


Oksana Zabuzhko

Class meets Tuesdays 2:00 PM to 4:00 PM in AH 306.


Instructor:Maxim Tarnawsky121 St. Joseph St. Alumni Hall 403
tarn@chass.utoronto.ca 416-926-1300 x3338FAX 416-926-2076


Course Description

SLA 248 examines the presentation of women and specifically women's themes in Ukrainian literature of the 19th and 20th centuries. The works studied in the course are by both women and men and are in a variety of genres (long and short prose, drama, poetry). Among the subjects covered in the readings are: traditional and non-traditional role models for women; the conflict between women's freedom and national freedom; socialism, feminism, chauvinism; sexuality and emancipation. Among the authors to be considered are Lesia Ukrainka, Olha Kobylianska, Marko Vovchok, Oksana Zabuzhko. All readings are in English.

Prerequisite: none


Graded course requirements:
Concluding test April 2, 2019 20%
Term Paper, 5–6 pgs. April 2, 2019 25%
Assignment 1 February 5, 2019 15%
Assignment 2 March 12, 2019 15%
Class Presentations As scheduled 15%
Attendance and Participation Weekly 10%

Term papers are due on the last day of class, April 2, 2019. No paper will be accepted after April 8, 2019. Papers are to be 5–6 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 before 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 or they may suggest a work themselves. If you read Ukrainian, you may choose a work that you will read in the original. 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. Here's the schedule.

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