Ukrainian Studies

Department of Slavic Languages and Literatures

SLA201. Slavic and East European Civilization. Spring 2024

Slavic Battle Paintings

Class meets on Wednesdays from 1:00 PM to 3:00 PM in Carr Hall 403.

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

Course Schedule

Schedule of Class Meetings
Date Topic Assigned Reading
Jan 10 Introduction. What happened to Ukrainian Christmas? Wikipedia: Adoption of the Gregorian calendar and
Julian Calendar
Jan 17 Alphabet, Christianity, Byzantium
Jan 24 Kyivan Rus'
Jan 31 Bronze Horsemen.
Monuments and Their Significance
Assignment 1 due.
Feb 7 Churches.

Feb 14 Three Romantics. 1. Alexander Pushkin Poltava
This reading is in Quercus.
Feb 21 No Class! Reading week!
Feb 28 Three Romantics. 2. Adam Mickiewicz. Forefather's Eve, Pt 3
Mar 6Three Romantics. 3. Taras Shevchenko. Haidamaks
Mar 13 Minorities: Jews These readings are in Quercus.
Mar 20 Galicia

Assignment 2 due.
Norman 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.

Joseph Roth. “A Bust of the Emperor”
Karl Emil Franzos. “The Shylock of Barnow”
Johann Strauss. "The Emperor Waltz";
Myroslav Skoryk. "Hutsul Tryptich";
Ruslana. (Ruslana Lyzhychko) "Wild Dances".
Mar27 Painting: Matejko & Repin

Peter Tchaikovsky, "1812 Overture"
Apr 3Communism

Dmitri Shostakovich - Symphony No. 5 (Finale)
  • Mykola Khvylovyi
  • Danilo Kiš
    • “The Sow That Eats Her Farrow”
    • “The Mechanical Lions”
  • Varlam Shalamov. From Kolyma Tales
    • “Through the Snow”
    • “On Tick”
    • “Shock Therapy”
    • “Major Pugachov's Last Battle”

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