Ukrainian Studies

Department of Slavic Languages and Literatures

SLA358H1S, Breaking Away from Empire: Ukrainian Fiction Since Independence
Spring 2021


Class meets on Tuesdays 1:00 PM to 3:00 PM online in Quercus.


Instructor:Maxim Tarnawsky121 St. Joseph St. Alumni Hall 403
tarn@chass.utoronto.ca 416–978–8972


Course Schedule


Schedule of class reports.
Schedule of Class Meetings
Jan 12 Introduction. Ukrainian fiction after the collapse of the Soviet Union.
Read Oles' Ulianenko, “Dinosaur Eggs” for this class.
19Valerii Shevchuk. Eye of the Abyss. (Part 1) and (Part 2)
26Taras Prokhasko. The UnSimple. (Part 1) and (Part 2)
Feb 2 Yuri Andrukhovych. Twelve Circles.
  9 Oksana Zabuzhko. Field Work in Ukrainian Sex.
16Reading week
23Serhiy Zhadan. Voroshilovhrad.
Mid term test due
30 Tanja Maljartschuk. A Biography of a Chance Miracle. Tr. Zenia Tompkins
Mar 2 Fiction and Poetry sections from the Winter 2018 Issue of Apofenie an online literary journal. "Happy Naked People," Kateryna Babkina; "Manhort's Copy," Maxym Dupeshko; "A Room for Sorrow," Andriy Lyubka; "Losers Want More," Tanja Maljartschuk; "The Yellow Chinese Jeep," Serhiy Zhadan; "Soldier" and other poems, Oksana Lutsyshyna; "Histology" and other poems, Andriy Tuzhykov; A cycle of poems about the War, Khrystia Vengryniuk.
9Maria Matios. Hardly Ever Otherwise
16Irena Karpa, from Mother-of-Pearl Porn (A Supermarket of Loneliness) and “Rainy Day;”
Tanya Malyarchuk, “A Village and its Witches,” from From Above Looking Down, and “Lesya and her Dentist;”
and Sofia Andrukhovych, “Forevatogetha” and “Death is Sexy” (All in Hersories: An Anthology... pp. 352–409).
23Andrey Kurkov. Death and the Penguin.
  30 Andriy Lyubka. Carbide.
Apr 7Artem Chekh. Absolute Zero.
In-class concluding test.


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