Ukrainian Studies

Department of Slavic Languages and Literatures

SLA338H1S, Ivan Franko, 2016

Ivan Franko

Class meets on Thursdays from 1:00 – 3:00 PM in Alumni Hall 105

Instructor:Maxim Tarnawsky121 St. Joseph St. Alumni Hall 403 926-1300 x3338FAX 978-2672
Course Description

Ivan Franko is one of the most important, influential, innovative, industrious, intrepid, and impenetrable figures in the history of Ukrainian literature. This seminar explores a selection of his belletristic writings to uncover a fascinating, factious, forceful and fastidious poet and novelist. It also examines the peculiar context of Western Ukrainian culture in Austria-Hungary before WWI. All readings in English.
The point of this course is to look at a major figure in Ukrainian culture who particularly reflects the Western Ukrainian tradition. The course is made possible by the recent appearance of a large body of Franko’s works in English translation. This course will deliberately offer a selected and watered down version of Franko, who is much too prolific and complex to be studied in a mere half year and in translation.

Graded course requirements
ItemDue datePercent of Final Grade
Final Paper, 8–10 pgs. Last Class, April 7, 201630%
Concluding Test Last Class, April 7, 2016 20%
Mid term test Feb 11, 2016 – due Feb 25, 2016 25%
Class Reports as scheduled15%
Attendance and Participation as scheduled10%

Final papers are due April 7, 2016 (the last class) in class. Late papers will be penalized three percentage points for every day they are late. No paper will be accepted after April 13, 2016. Papers are to be 8–10 pages long. They are to be typed, double spaced, and in English. Papers may be written on any topic after consulting with the instructor.

Class Presentations are oral reports before the class on works other than those read by the class as a whole. Students must choose a work of literature and a date from the report schedule. Students are to give an oral presentation of from ten to fifteen minutes. Presentations should be constructed as a general overview of the work and its author along with a subjective evaluation of the most salient features of the work. Presentations are scheduled on a first come first served basis within normal class meetings in the spring term. No more than two presentations per class meeting. Email the instructor to reserve a date.

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