The Other in Ukrainian Literature: Female Characters and Authors
This course provides an analysis of Ukrainian literature from the viewpoint of gender studies. It first describes and critically examines the pervasive images of women in works of literature by male authors, and then moves to introduce the tradition of women’s writing, beginning in the nineteenth century. The course follows a historical sequence with selections from as early as the late twelfth century to the present. Students will investigate the roles in which women have been typically cast and study how female authors have rejected male-imposed definitions by opening the doors for self-exploration of female identity. Some premises of feminist critical theory will be introduced. The reading list includes poetry, short stories, plays and novels. All readings are in translation.