Ukrainian Studies

Department of Slavic Languages and Literatures

SLA199H. Invisible Kingdom, Imaginary Space. Imaginary Galicia. Fall 2023

Lviv Opera

Class meets on Tuesdays from 1:00 PM to 3:00 PM in Northrop Frye 006.

Instructor:Maxim Tarnawsky121 St. Joseph St. Alumni Hall 403 416-978–8972  

Course Schedule

Schedule of Class Meetings
Week Date Topic Assigned Reading
Week 1. Tue Sept 12 Introduction. History, Myth, Fiction. Visual images. History of GaliciaNorman Davies. "Galicia: Kingdom of the Naked and Starving (1773–1918)." Excerpt from Norman Davies, Vanished Kingdoms: The History of Half-Forgotten Europe, New York: Penguin Books, 2011, pp. 449–81.
Week 2. Tue Sept 19 Industry comes to the provinces Ivan. Franko. Boa Constrictor
Week 3. Tue Sept 26 Sex, Women, and strange geography Leopold von Sacher-Masoch. “Don Juan of Kolomea,” and “The Man Who Re-Enlisted.” (Love. The Legacy of Cain. pp. 16–117)
Week 4. Tue Oct 3 The unusual people who live here. Hutsuls and others
Assignment 1 due.
Mykhailo Kotsiubynskyi, “Shadows of Forgotten Ancestors”; Vasyl Stefanyk, “The Stone Cross,” “The Recruit's Farewell,” and “Maple Leaves.” (The Stone Cross, pp. 19–32; 89–97)
Week 5. Tue Oct 10 How does Galicia fit into Austria? Karl Emil Franzos, “The Shylok of Barnow”; Joseph Roth. “Strawberries,” “The Bust of the Emperor” and chapter 9 and 11 from The Radetzky March.
Week 6. Tue Oct 18 If it's strange, it must be art!Bruno Shulz. Collected Stories. Read all the stories in Cinnamon Shops pp. 1–80 as well as the story “The Sanatorium Under the Hourglass”, pp. 185–204.
Week 7. Tue Oct 24 Were Jews in Galicia modern or old fashioned?
Assignment 2 due.
S.Y Agnon. A Simple Tale Read at least chapters 1–20.
Week 8. Tue Oct 31Western Galicia is a product of Polish history.Stanislaw Wyspianski, "The Wedding"
Nov 7 No Class! November pause!
Week 9. Tue Nov 14An unusual place means a complex society. Ivan Franko. “The Cutthroats,” “The Involuntary Hero.”
Week 10. Tue Nov 21 Complexity begins in the minds of individuals
Assignment 3 due.
Yuri Vynnychuk. Tango of Death
Week 11. Tue Nov 28How is western Galicia different today? Andrzej Stasiuk. Tales of Galicia
Week 12. Tue Dec 5 It's all about remembering!
Concluding test.
Stanislaw Lem.Highcastle. (read chaps 1–4, up to pg 71). Józef Wittlin. My Lwów. excerpts. Johann Georg Kohl. “Lemberg”
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