Ukrainian Studies

Department of Slavic Languages and Literatures

SLA268. The Cossacks! Fall 2023


Class meets on Wednesdays from 1:00 PM to 3:00 PM Carr Hall 406

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. Wed Sept 13 Introduction. History, Myth, Fiction. Visual images
Week 2. Wed Sept 20The Ukrainian Cossacks Paul Robert Magocsi. A History of Ukraine. Chapters 14–24. pp. 170–302 (1st ed.) or 177–306 (2nd ed.).
Week 3. Wed Sept 27 Folklore. Neoclassicism Ukrainian Dumy and The Aeneid, excerpt.
Week 4. Wed Oct 4 Nikolai Gogol Niolai Gogol, Taras Bulba.
Week 5. Wed Oct 11 Taras Shevchenko. Nikolai Gogol
Assignment 1 due.
Taras Shevchenko. "The Haidamaks," Poems,
Gogol. "A Terrible Vengeance"
Week 6. Wed Oct 18 A Jewish View of KhmelnytskySholom Ash. Kiddush Ha-Shem
Week 7. Wed Oct 25 A Polish View of Khmelnytsky Henryk Sienkiewicz. With Fire and Sword. This is a VERY long novel. The chapters you MUST read are these: 1–4, 6, 8–23, and 26–36.
Week 8. Wed Nov 1Cossacks and Nationbuilding Panteleimon Kulish. The Black Council.
Nov 8 No Class! November pause!
Week 9. Wed Nov 15 Hetman Ivan Mazepa Lord Gordon George Byron, "Mazeppa"
Alexander Pushkin, "Poltava"
Victor Hugo, "Mazeppa", in French. If you can read French, please have a look.
Week 10. Wed Nov 22 Don Cossacks, servants or enemies of the empire?
Assignment 2 due.
Leo Tolstoy. The Cossacks
Alexander Pushkin, "The Captain's Daughter"
Week 11. Wed Nov 29Bolsheviks, Jews, and Don Cossacks as modern soldiers Isaac Babel. Red Cavalry
Week 12. Wed Dec 6In class screening of Mamay. This film is part of the course requirements.
In class exam.
You're writing your papers!

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