Ukrainian Studies

Department of Slavic Languages and Literatures

SLA228, Spring Semester, 20th Century Ukrainian Fiction in Translation, 2021

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

Course Description

Class meeets on Thursdays from 1:00 to 3:00 PM. Online in Quercus

Slavic 228 offers a survey of novels and short stories written and published in Ukraine between 1900 and 2000, most of which appeared during the Soviet period in Ukrainian history. How is this literature different from those of other periods? Is there a Soviet Ukrainian prose style? How does Ukraine's political and cultural colonial status affect the literature of this period? How has Ukrainian independence influenced Ukrainian literature?

Graded course requirements:
Undergraduate students
Concluding test April 8, 2021 20%
Term Paper, 5–6 pgs. April 8, 2021 25%
Assignment 1 February 11, 2021 20%
Assignment 2 March 11, 2021 20%
Attendance and Participation Weekly 15%
Graduate students
Short essay. 5–6 pp. Assigned topic February 26, 2021 40%
Long essay. 12–15 pp. Your topic April 9, 2021 50%
Attendance and Participation Weekly 10%


Term papers are due directly after the last class, April 8, 2021, but no later than midnight April 18, 2021. Papers are to be 5–6 pages, typed, double spaced, and in English. Papers are to be written on topics approved by the instructor.

Assignments are brief essays of approximately 600 words (less than two pages) due on the days indicated on the schedule. Topics will be given a week in advance.


Graduate students will be assigned a topic for the first paper after the class on Feb 12.


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