Literature of the Ukrainian Diaspora
This course examines post-World War II literary production outside the boundaries of Ukraine, focusing especially on émigré and diaspora authors living in North America. We will not only study works of exiles (the New York Group) whose language of expression is Ukrainian, but also works of those who were born in the US and are part of American literature but thematically engage Ukrainian subjects because of their parents’ immigrant background. Particular attention will be paid to such themes as alienation, sense of foreignness, existentialism, displacement, and identity formation. The reading list includes (among others) Ihor Kostetsky, Bohdan Boychuk, Yuriy Tarnawsky, Patricia Nell Warren (Kylyna), Askold Melnyczuk, Irene Zabytko, Alexander Motyl and Vasyl Makhno. All Ukrainian texts are read in translation.