Ukrainian literature

The Ukrainian Institute London announces an intensive summer course on Ukrainian literature


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The Literatura intensive summer course, held June 6-July 25, 2024, will explore how writers and editors throughout Ukrainian literature’s history have fought against the Russian Empire through their writing.

“The course is designed with no expectation of prior knowledge, yet even seasoned readers of Ukrainian literature will find plenty to ponder. Each seminar will be delivered by an expert in Ukrainian literature, including leading academics from Ukraine, the UK, and the US. All seminars will be held in English and all texts will be made available to enrolled students in English translation and the original,” the description says.


The Literatura intensive summer course is remote and will be held via Zoom.


The program includes:


  • The cultural emergence of modern Ukraine. Ivan Kotliarevskyi and Taras Shevchenko (Lecturer: Rory Finnin, University of Cambridge)
  • Ukrainian modernism and feminism. Olha Kobylianska and Lesia Ukrainka (Lecturer: Tamara Hundorova, National Academy of Science of Ukraine)
  • Ukrainian dissidents. Vasyl Stus and Vasyl Holoborodko (Lecturer: Bohdan Tokarskyi, Harvard University)
  • Mykola Kulish: The avant-garde in context (Lecturer: Mayhill Fowler, Stetson University)
  • Ukraine at war: Contemporary prose (Lecturer: Mariia Shuvalova, National University of Kyiv-Mohyla Academy),
  • Ukrainian literature in dialogue. Ivan Franko and Sholem Aleichem (Lecturer: Uilleam Blacker, School of Slavonic and East-European Studies, UCL),
  • Ukrainian poetry of independence. Natalka Bilotserkivets, Serhii Zhadan, Marianna Kiyanovska, and Kateryna Kalytko (Lecturer: Iryna Starovoyt, Ukrainian Catholic University),
  • Russophone writing in Ukraine. Andrey Kurkov, Boris and Liudmila Khersonsky (Lecturer: Vitaly Chernetsky, University of Kansas)


Application deadline: June 6, 2024


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For more information on the course, including fees and how to enroll, please consult the following link.


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