UCL School of Slavonic and East European Studies (SSEES)


SEES0004 Crossroads of Culture:Language & Identity in Literatures of Ukraine- Crimea to the Shtetls

UCL Credits: 30

ECTS: 15

Term 2


ECTS: 15

Level 7

Module Coordinator: Dr Uilleam Blacker

Taught By: Dr Uilleam Blacker

To find out more about this module, please contact the Module Coordinator.

Weekly Contact Hours: 2.0 (2 hour seminar per week)
Prerequisites: None
Compulsory Module for:

Summative Assessment

One essay (5,000 words)

Formative Assessment

Regular student presentations, followed by oral and written feedback

Module Outline

This postgraduate module introduces students to the literary and cultural history of the lands that constitute contemporary Ukraine. As well as familiarizing themselves with the rich cultural history of the region, students will also be encouraged to think of literature beyond national paradigms and in terms of mutual influence and hybridity. Sessions will focus on particular regions/cities and look at how these places functioned as ‘crossroads’ of culture, where writers from different national traditions co-existed and interacted. These will be Kyiv/ Central Ukraine, Crimea, the Carpathian mountains and Galicia.

Indicative Texts

Students will read literature originally written in Ukrainian, Russian, Polish, German, Yiddish and Crimean Tatar. Authors studied will include Taras Shevchenko, Nikolai Gogol, Sholem Aleichem, Joseph Roth, Bohdan Ihor Antonych, Bruno Schulz, Lesya Ukrainka, Aleksandr Pushkin, Adam Mickiewicz, Olha Kobylianska and Stanisław Vincenz.

Please note: This outline is accurate at the time of publication. Minor amendments may be made prior to the start of the academic year.