This course covers the Ukrainian novel from the mid-nineteenth century to the present and focuses especially on those works that challenge established narrative conventions through the introduction of new themes, concepts, and techniques. The evolution of the novel form will be presented within a wider historical, political, and social context. Whenever possible we will also examine screen adaptations of the selected novels. Topics to be considered include identity construction, gender relations, regionalism, ideology, and postcolonialism. The reading list consists of novels by P. Kulish, M. Kotsiubynsky, O. Kobylianska, V. Pidmohylny, V. Shevchuk, Y. Andrukhovych, O. Zabuzhko, T. Prokhasko and S. Zhadan. Lecture/discussion format, with quizzes, short papers, presentations and take-home exam.
Representative prose works by leading Ukrainian authors. Shows originality of Ukrainian literature through acquaintance with the peculiar historical and political situation of Ukraine. Offered in English.