Ukrainian Studies

Department of Slavic Languages and Literatures

SLA429, Taras Shevchenko, Spring 2024

Shevchenko as Maidan icon, 2014

Class meets Thursdays from 1:00 – 3:00 PM in TF 101.

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

Reading List

Schedule of Assignments. 2024 Spring Term

Jan 11 Introduction, texts distributed in class
18 Kobzar of 1840
25 Hajdamaky
Feb 1 Try lita 1
  8 Try lita 2
15 Try lita 3
22 Reading Week. No Class
29 1847-1850 (pt 1)
Essay 1 due
Mar 7 1847-1850 (pt 2)
  14 1857-1861
21 Diary, See also the Russian original of the Diary, with commentary or in The Six Volume Academic Edition
28 Paintings and drawings also (esp. self-portraits). Also the story Khudozhnyk
Apr 4 Short Stories

Students must have access to a good edition of Shevchenko's works. While there are very many editions of Shevchenko's works, and most of them are reasonably good, the best editions are these:

In this course, we shall read Shevchenko's works in Ukrainian. That means we will read translations of his diary and his prose works, which he wrote in Russian. The Denysiuk edition has Ukrainian translations of Shevchenko's Russian works. Ukrainian translations of these works are also available in separate publications. These texts are available on the internet as part of the Electronic Library of Ukrainian Literature. Please check the Shevchenko Prose website for specific texts.

While Shevchenko is not a particularly difficult poet, modern readers do not always understand his allusions, references, and expressions. It is useful to read Shevchenko's works with notes and explanations. The Simovych Kobzar is useful for this specific reason. Some other works that are helpful in this regard are:

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