Ukrainian Studies

Department of Slavic Languages and Literatures

SLA358H1S, Breaking Away from Empire: Ukrainian Fiction Since Independence
Spring 2019


Class meets on Wednesdays from 1:00 – 3:00 PM in Alumni Hall 304.


Instructor:Maxim Tarnawsky121 St. Joseph St. Alumni Hall 403
tarn@chass.utoronto.ca 926-1300 x3358FAX 978-2672


Course Description

This course traces the extraordinary development of Ukrainian prose since the collapse of the Soviet Union. We will explore postmodernist euphoria, colonial angst, cultural entropy, hooliganism, national identity, gender issues, and other aspects of modern Ukraine as they are reflected in the works of writers such as Oksana Zabuzhko, Yuri Andrukhovych, Serhii Zhadan, Taras Prokhasko and others. All readings in English.


Graded course requirements
ItemDue datePercent of Final Grade
Final Paper, 6–8 pgs. Last Class, April 3, 201930%
Concluding Test Last Class, April 3, 2019 20%
Mid term test Feb 13, 2019 – due Feb 27, 2019 25%
Class Reports as scheduled15%
Attendance and Participation as scheduled10%

Final papers are due April 3, 2019 (the last class) in class. Late papers will be penalized three percentage points for every day they are late. No paper will be accepted after April 8, 2019. Papers are to be 6–8 pages long. They are to be typed, double spaced, and in English. Papers may be written on any topic after consulting with the instructor.

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 and a date from the report schedule. 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 in the spring term. No more than two presentations per class meeting. Email the instructor to reserve a date.




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