Ukrainian Studies

Department of Slavic Languages and Literatures

SLA199H. Imaginary Galicia. Fall 2020


Lviv Opera

Class meets on Tuesdays from 1:00 PM to 3:00 PM online in Quercus.


Instructor:Maxim Tarnawsky121 St. Joseph St. Alumni Hall 403
 tarn@chass.utoronto.ca 416-978–8972  


Course Schedule

Schedule of Class Meetings
Week Date Topic Assigned Reading
Week 1. Tue Sept 15 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 22 Industry comes to the provinces Ivan. Franko. Boa Constrictor
Week 3. Tue Sept 29 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 6 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 13 How does Galicia fit into Austria? Karl Emil Franzos, “The Shylok of Barnow”; Joseph Roth. “Strawberries,” “The Bust of the Emperor” chapter 9 and 11 from The Radetzky March.
Week 6. Tue Oct 20 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 27 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 Nov 3Western Galicia is a product of Polish history.Stanislaw Wyspianski, "The Wedding"
Nov 10 No Class! November pause!
Week 9. Tue Nov 17An unusual place means a complex society. Ivan Franko. “The Cutthroats,” “The Involuntary Hero.”
Week 10. Tue Nov 24 Complexity begins in the minds of individuals
Assignment 3 due.
Yuri Vynnychuk. Tango of Death
Week 11. Tue Dec 1How is western Galicia different today? Andrzej Stasiuk. Tales of Galicia
Week 12. Tue Dec 8 It's all about remembering!
Concluding test.
Stanislaw Lem. Highcastle. Józef Wittlin. My Lwów. excerpts. Johann Georg Kohl. “Lemberg”
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