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SLAVIC 490 A: Studies in Slavic Literatures

Slavic 490
Meeting Time: 
TTh 1:30pm - 2:20pm
Location: 
THO 231
SLN: 
21533

Syllabus Description:

SLAVIC 490

Introduction to Ukrainian Literature and Culture

Spring 2019

Meeting time: T/Th, 1:30-2:20

Instructor: Lidiya Oryshchuk

Office: Padelford A215

e-mail: lidiyao@uw.edu

Office hours: T/Th 11:30-12:20 and by appointment

Description:

Provides an overview of Ukrainian culture: literature, film, music, theatre, art, and architecture, as well as an introduction to Ukrainian cultural life. Taught in English.

Required Texts:

Helbig, A., Buranbaeva, Oksana, & Mladineo, Vanja. (2009). Culture and customs of Ukraine (Culture and customs of Europe). Westport, Conn.: Greenwood Press.

 

& Articles and chapters on canvas.

 

Recommended Texts:

You may wish to consider the following materials.

  • Laada Bilaniuk. Contested Tongues: Language Politics and Cultural Correction in Ukraine. Ithaca, NY, USA, Cornell University Press, 2005. ISBN: 0801472792
  • Andrew Wilson. The Ukrainians: Unexpected Nation. New Haven, CT, USA: Yale University Press, 2002. ISBN 0-300-09309-8
  • Contemporary Ukraine on the Cultural Map of Europe Larissa M. L. Zaleska Onyshkevych and Maria G. Rewakowicz, eds. Armonk, NY. M. E. Sharpe, 2009. ISBN: 978-0-7656-2400-0
  • Cybriwsky, R. (2014). Kyiv, Ukraine : The city of domes and demons from the collapse of socialism to the mass uprising of 2013-2014. Amsterdam: Amsterdam University Press.

Evaluations:

Reading discussions – 20%

Follow the reading schedule closely and be prepared to discuss assigned texts in class, contribute your comments and critical evaluations.

Cultural Commentaries – 40%

Comment on how the concepts discussed in weeks 1-3 (History, language, customs, holidays and cuisine) and 5-8 (Literature, Music, Art, Cinema, Pop culture) are used to shape identity and relate to concepts of another culture you know. 3-4 pages (spacing irrelevant). Commentary 1  - due April 30, Commentary 2  - due May 28.

 

Term paper –  40% (due June 13)

You should discuss your project with the instructor and by May 9 email the instructor with your topic and three references. You may choose one of the prompts below to help you come up with the paper topic:

  • Compare and contrast a concept that you learned about in class with those from your home culture or culture you live in.
  • Research a phenomena, event, or influential figure in Ukrainian history and/or culture that has not been discussed in class, relate what you learned about them to concepts studied in class.

 

Course Outline and Reading List

Week 1

 

Context and history

 

Culture and customs of Ukraine, Chapter 1 

 

Andrew Wilson. The Ukrainians: Unexpected Nation. Chapter 15

 

Week 2

 

Language

 

Culture and customs of Ukraine, Chapter 3

 

Laada Bilaniuk. Contested Tongues. Chapter 3, pp. 71–102

Laada Bilaniuk. Contested Tongues. Chapter 6, pp. 173–193

 

Week 3

Religion

Culture and customs of Ukraine, Chapter 2

 

Novikova, Katarina. “Religion and the National Idea in the Context of the Euromaydan Events” in Religion, State, Society, and Identity in Transition Ukraine, pp. 263-280

 

Week 4

 

 

Customs, holidays and cuisine

 

Culture and customs of Ukraine, Chapter 6

Week 5

 

Literature

 

Culture and customs of Ukraine, Chapter 8

 

Zubrytska, M. (2006). Mirrors, windows and maps: The topology of cultural identification in contemporary Ukrainian literature - Introduction. Slavic And East European Journal, 50(3), 404-408.

 

Onyshkevych, L. (2006). Cultural Perceptions, Mirror Images, and Western Identification in New Ukrainian Drama. The Slavic and East European Journal, 50(3), 409-433.

 

Week 6

 

Music

 

Culture and customs of Ukraine, Chapter 9

 

Marko Pavlyshyn. "Envisioning Europe: Ruslana's Rhetoric of Identity" in Contemporary Ukraine on the Cultural Map of Europe, pp. 395–410.

 

 

Week 7

 

Art, cinema

 

Culture and customs of Ukraine, Chapter 10

 

Shkandrij, Myroslav. "Contemporary Ukrainian Art and the Twentieth Century Avant-Garde" in Contemporary Ukraine on the Cultural Map of Europe, pp. 411–431.

 

Shevchuk, Yuri. "Linguistic Strategies of Imperial Appropriation: Why Ukraine is Absent from World Film History." in Contemporary Ukraine on the Cultural Map of Europe, pp. 359–374.

 

Week 8

 

Media and popular culture

 

Culture and customs of Ukraine, Chapter 7

 

Dyczok, Marta. "Ukraine's Changing Communicative Space: Destination Europe or the Soviet Past?" in Contemporary Ukraine on the Cultural Map of Europe, pp. 375–394.

 

Wolburg, Joyce. "'Regulating Sin' Across Cultures: A Comparison of Alcohol Ads in Ukrainian and American Magazines." Journal of advertising 38.4 (2009):15-36

 

Week 9

 

Kyiv

 

Cybriwsky, R. (2014). Kyiv, Ukraine : The city of domes and demons from the collapse of socialism to the mass uprising of 2013-2014. Amsterdam: Amsterdam University Press. Chapters 6 &9

 

Week 10

 

 

 

Identity

 

 

 

Read Jansen, M. “One or More Ukraines?” in Religion, State, Society and Identity in Ukraine, pp. 47-69

 

Presentations of term projects

 

 

 

 

Catalog Description: 
Topics vary.
GE Requirements: 
Visual, Literary, and Performing Arts (VLPA)
Credits: 
3.0
Status: 
Active
Last updated: 
August 2, 2019 - 9:19pm
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