Ukrainian Studies

Department of Slavic Languages and Literatures

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

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

Lviv Opera


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

Course Description

Galicia was an invented province of Austria-Hungary, created at the first partition of Poland in 1772. From the moment of its creation, it stimulated a very wide range of literary representations. As if to mirror its invented political status, the Galicia that appears in fiction is a world of fantastic wonders, strange delights, and ferocious terrors. Whether in Austrian, Jewish, Polish, or Ukrainian national imaginations, Galicia is a place with a uniquely hybrid culture. We explore this imaginary place through the writings of Ivan Franko, Joseph Roth, Stanislaw Lem, Bruno Shultz, Leopold Von Sacher-Masoch, Andrzej Stasiuk and other authors from a variety of traditions.

Graded course requirements
ItemDue datePercent of Final Grade
Assignment 1 Week four Oct 3 15%
Assignment 2 Week seven Oct 24 15%
Assignment 3 Week ten Nov 2115%
Concluding Test Last Class Dec 5 20%
Final Paper, 5–6 pgs. After Last Class, Dec 5 by Dec 11, 2023 20%
Attendance, Participation, and Quizzes required 15%

There will be three Assignments due on the dates listed above. Each assignment will be a short essay of 2 pages (no less than 600 words) on an assigned topic. Your writing will be judged on its clarity, focus, and insight.

The Concluding test will be held in class on the day of our last class meeting. It will cover material from the entire course. It will include a few factual questions, to make sure you have kept up with the readings, and a few analytical questions that will test your understanding of the material.

The Final Paper is to be emailed to the instructor directly after the last class and no later than Monday, Dec 11, 2023 at midnight. Sample topics are posted, but you are free to suggest your own topic to the instructor. Don't write on your own topics without FIRST getting the instructor's approval. Papers should be 5–6 pages long, formatted with 1 inch margins, double spacing, and 12 point type.

Attendance in class is required. Participation in discussion improves your grade. You must read the asssigned texts BEFORE each class. Quizzes are to make sure you are keeping up with your reading. A portion of the participation grade is a subjective judgment of your participation in class.

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