Slavic Languages and Literatures

Slavic Languages and Literatures: Introduction

​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​Faculty Affiliation

Arts and Science

Degree Programs

Slavic Languages and Literatures

​​​MA and PhD
​​Fields:
Slavic L​inguistics
Slavic Literatures​

Collaborative Specializations

The following collaborative specializations are available to students in participating degree programs as listed below:

  1. Diaspora and Transnational Studies
    • Slavic Languages and Literatures, MA, PhD
  2. Jewish Studies
    • Slavic Languages and Literatures, MA, PhD

Overview

The Graduate Department of Slavic Languages and Literatures offers instruction leading to two ​degrees—Master of Arts and Doctor of Philosophy—in one of the broadest ranges of Slavic languages and literatures available in a North American university. Courses are offered in the following areas: Croatian and Serbian Languages and Literatures, Czech and Slovak Languages and Literatures, Polish Language and Literature, Russian Language and Literature, Slavic Linguistics, and Ukrainian Language and Literature.

The department's literature programs are especially strong in nineteenth and twentieth century literary and cultural history, modernism, avant-garde and contemporary movements, literary theory, drama, cinema, and Slavic-Jewish cultural relations.

The department's linguistics unit has particular strengths in historical linguistics, dialectology, the study of verbal categories, and socio-linguistics. Students are advised to consult the list of faculty members and the description of their particular areas of expertise for more details.

Over the last decade, curricula in all the languages, literatures and cultures taught in the department have been rewritten to mirror the dramatic social, cultural and political changes in Central, Eastern and Southern Europe. The department has developed new areas of research and expertise. Due to extensive internal cooperation and interdisciplinary focus, new common ground among disciplines has been found; the study of the interrelations of these cultures is promoted.

Contact and Address

Web: http://sites.utoronto.ca/slavic/graduate/grad_index.html
Email: slavic@chass.utoronto.ca
Telephone: (416) 926-2075
Fax: (416) 926-2076

Department of Slavic Languages and Literatures
University of Toronto
Room 431, 121 St. Joseph Street
Alumni Hall, St. Michael's College
Toronto, Ontario M5S 1J4
Canada

Slavic Languages and Literatures: Graduate Faculty

Full Members

Ambros, Veronika - MA, PhD
Holland, Kate - MA, PhD
Koznarsky, Taras - MA, PhD (Graduate Coordinator)
Kramer, Christina - BA, MA, PhD
Livak, Leonid - BA, AM, PhD (Acting Chair)
Obradovic, Dragana - MA, PhD
Orwin, Donna - PhD (Chair)
Schallert, Joseph - PhD
Smolyarova, Tatiana - BA, MA, PhD, PhD
Tarnawsky, Maxim - BA, PhD
Trojanowska, Tamara - MA, PhD

Members Emeriti

Barnes, Christopher - BA, MA, PhD
Bedford, Charles - MA, PhD
Bogert, Ralph - BA, MA, PhD
Dolezel, Lubomir - BA, PhD, FRSC
Iribarne, Louis - BA, MA, PhD
Lantz, Kenneth - BA, MA, PhD
Lindheim, Ralph - BA, MA
Pavliuc, Nicolae - PhD
Ponomareff, Constantin - BA, MA, PhD
Thomson, Roger - BA, MA, DPhil

Associate Members

Mikhailova, Julia - AB, AM, AM, DPhil
Wodzynski, Lukasz - PhD

Slavic Languages and Literatures: Slavic Languages and Literatures MA

Master of Arts

Program Description

All applicants complete the same application process. The department's admissions committee then determines each applicant's suitability for the one-year MA or two-year MA option, depending on their level of preparation. Students in the one-year MA program have the option to complete the program by coursework or coursework plus research paper.

 

MA Program (One-Year Coursework Option)

Minimum Admission Requirements

  • Applicants are admitted under the General Regulations of the School of Graduate Studies. Applicants must also satisfy the Department of Slavic Languages and Literatures' additional admission requirements stated below.

  • An appropriate bachelor's degree (preferably in a cognate area) with an overall standing equivalent to at least a University of Toronto mid-B in the final year.

  • A minimum A- average in all Slavic subjects taken in the final two years is recommended.

  • Proficiency in a Slavic language equivalent to at least three full years of language training, and broad familiarity with the literary and cultural history of the applicant's proposed disciplinary area(s) of interest (currently, Czech and Slovak, Polish, Russian, South Slavic, Slavic Linguistics, Ukrainian), as evidenced by undergraduate coursework at the 300 or 400 level, are required.

Program Requirements

  • Coursework. Students must complete 4.0 full-course equivalents (FCEs) including:

    • SLA 1104H Introduction to Old Church Slavonic (0.5 FCE)

    • SLA 1040H Methods of Teaching Slavic Languages (0.5 FCE)

    • Students who provide evidence of satisfactory completion of equivalent courses to SLA 1104H and 1040H may be exempted from these courses.

    • Students who intend to  complete the  Slavic linguistics field must complete SLA 1109H Studies in Old Church Slavonic (0.5 FCE).

  • Language. Proficiency in language of major field of study must be demonstrated during first week of the first session in the program. Additional language courses at the undergraduate level may be required. These courses will not count toward the 4.0 FCEs required to complete the program. Successful completion of all coursework in the undergraduate language courses is part of a student's good progress in the MA program.

  • Residence. Normally, students spend a year in residence when they must be on campus and consequently in geographical proximity to be able to participate fully in the University activities associated with the program.

Program Length

2 sessions (typical registration sequence: F/W)

Time Limit

3 years

 

MA Program (One-Year Coursework Plus Research Paper Option)

Minimum Admission Requirements

  • Applicants are admitted under the General Regulations of the School of Graduate Studies. Applicants must also satisfy the Department of Slavic Languages and Literatures' additional admission requirements stated below.

  • An appropriate bachelor's degree (preferably in a cognate area) with an overall standing equivalent to at least a University of Toronto mid-B in the final year.

  • A minimum A- average in all Slavic subjects taken in the final two years is recommended.

  • Proficiency in a Slavic language equivalent to at least three full years of language training, and broad familiarity with the literary and cultural history of the applicant's proposed disciplinary area(s) of interest (currently, Czech and Slovak, Polish, Russian, South Slavic, Slavic Linguistics, Ukrainian), as evidenced by undergraduate coursework at the 300 or 400 level, are required.

Program Requirements

  • Coursework. Students must complete 3.0 full-course equivalents (FCEs) including:

    • SLA 1104H Introduction to Old Church Slavonic (0.5 FCE)

    • SLA 1040H Methods of Teaching Slavic Languages (0.5 FCE).

    • Students who provide evidence of satisfactory completion of equivalent courses to SLA 1104H and 1040H may be exempted from these courses.

    • Students who intend to  complete the Slavic linguistics field must complete SLA 1109H Studies in Old Church Slavonic (0.5 FCE).

  • Language. Proficiency in language of major field of study must be demonstrated during first week of the first session in the program. Additional language courses at the undergraduate level may be required. These courses will not count toward the 3.0 FCEs required to complete the program. Successful completion of all coursework in the undergraduate language courses is part of a student's good progress in the MA program.

  • Research paper written in English.

  • Residence. Normally, students spend a year in residence when they must be on campus and consequently in geographical proximity to be able to participate fully in the University activities associated with the program.

Program Length

2 sessions (typical registration sequence: F/W)

Time Limit

3 years

 

MA Program (Two-Year Coursework Option)

Minimum Admission Requirements

  • Applicants are admitted under the General Regulations of the School of Graduate Studies. Applicants must also satisfy the Department of Slavic Languages and Literatures' additional admission requirements stated below.

  • An appropriate bachelor's degree (preferably in a cognate area) with an overall standing equivalent to at least a University of Toronto mid-B in the final year.

  • A minimum A- average in all Slavic subjects taken in the final two years is recommended.

  • Intermediate proficiency in a Slavic language, as evidenced by two full years of language training or equivalent, is required.

Program Requirements

  • Coursework: Students must complete 7.0 full-course equivalents (FCEs) including:

    • SLA 1104H Introduction to Old Church Slavonic (0.5 FCE)

    • SLA 1040H Methods of Teaching Slavic Languages (0.5 FCE)

    • Students who provide evidence of satisfactory completion of equivalent courses to SLA 1104H and 1040H may be exempted from these courses.

    • Students who intend to complete the Slavic linguistics field must complete SLA 1109H Studies in Old Church Slavonic (0.5 FCE);

  • Language. Level of proficiency in language of major field of study must be established no later than the first week of the first session in the program to determine required language courses.

  • Residence. Normally, students spend two years in residence when they must be on campus and consequently in geographical proximity to be able to participate fully in the University activities associated with the program.

Program Length

4 sessions (typical registration sequence: F/W/F/W)

Time Limit

3 years

Slavic Languages and Literatures: Slavic Languages and Literatures PhD

Doctor of Philosophy​

Program Description

PhD students may choose to complete a program in one of two fields:

  • Slavic linguistics

  • Slavic literatures

 

Field: Slavic Linguistics

Minimum Admission Requirements

  • Applicants are admitted under the General Regulations of the School of Graduate Studies. Applicants must also satisfy the Department of Slavic Languages and Literatures' additional admission requirements stated below.

  • An appropriate University of Toronto master's degree with a minimum A- average in graduate courses and demonstrated research competence.

Program Req​​uirements

Students are normally required to:

  • Demonstrate proficiency in the language of the major field of study during the first week of session. Undergraduate language courses may be required. These are not tabulated as part of graduate program course requirements. Successful completion of all coursework in these remedial undergraduate courses is part of a student's good progress in the PhD program.

  • Complete a major field of study and a minor field of study program.

  • Complete 9.0 full-course equivalents (FCEs) including:

    • at least 3.0 FCEs in Slavic linguistics

    • 2.0 FCEs in theoretical linguistics from cognate disciplines (e.g., linguistics, anthropology)

    • 1.0 FCE in the literature of the major field of study language is strongly advised

    • at least one course (0.5 FCEs) in Slavic languages from each of the three groups: West Slavic, East Slavic, and South Slavic by the end of Year 3 (minimum 1.5 FCEs total).

    • Students may be given a course exemption up to 3.0 FCE for work completed in the MA.

  • Minor field of study programs should include 2.0 FCEs from any one of:

    • Croatian and Serbian Languages and Literatures

    • Czech and Slovak Languages and Literatures

    • Polish Language and Literature

    • Russian Language and Literature

    • Slavic Linguistics, and Ukrainian Language and Literature

    • a cognate discipline, with departmental approval (e.g., cinema studies, comparative literature, drama, history, philosophy).

  • Maintain a minimum annual average of A- to continue in the PhD program. Poor performance in one session (below a B average) may result in the termination of a student's PhD eligibility.

  • Demonstrate a reading knowledge of French or German.

  • After successful completion of coursework and the French or German language requirement, students must pass written comprehensive examinations in the major field of study field and written and oral comprehensive examinations in the special field. The major field of study field exam cannot be taken if students have any outstanding coursework.

  • By the time of their major field of study field exam, students should have chosen their supervisor and the rest of their committee (in consultation with the supervisor).

  • Dissertation.

  • Residence. In Years 1 and 2, students must take courses and be on campus full-time to participate fully in the PhD program's activities.

Program Length

4 years (many students require 5 years to complete the program)

Time Limit

6 years

 

Field: Slavic Literatures

Minimum Admission Requirements

  • Applicants are admitted under the General Regulations of the School of Graduate Studies. Applicants must also satisfy the Department of Slavic Languages and Literatures' additional admission requirements stated below.

  • An appropriate University of Toronto master's degree with a minimum A- average in graduate courses and demonstrated research competence.

Program Requirements

Students are normally required to:

  • Demonstrate proficiency in the language of the major field of study during the first week of session. Undergraduate language courses may be required. These are not tabulated as part of graduate program course requirements. Successful completion of all coursework in these remedial undergraduate courses is part of a student's good progress in the PhD program.

  • Complete SLA 1010H Slavic Proseminar prior to taking comprehensive examinations.

  • Complete a major field of study and a minor field of study program.

  • Complete 9.0 full-course equivalents (FCEs) with at least 0.5 FCE in Slavic linguistics. Students may be given a course exemption up to 3.0 FCE for work completed in the MA.

  • Minor field of study programs should include 2.0 FCEs from any one of:

    • Croatian and Serbian Languages and Literatures

    • Czech and Slovak Languages and Literatures

    • Polish Language and Literature

    • Russian Language and Literature

    • Slavic Linguistics, and Ukrainian Language and Literature

    • a cognate discipline, with departmental approval (e.g., cinema studies, comparative literature, drama, history, philosophy).

  • Maintain a minimum annual average of A- to continue in the PhD program. Poor performance in one session (below a B average) may result in the termination of a student's PhD eligibility.

  • Acquire a working knowledge of a Slavic language other than their major field of study language of study or complete at least two approved undergraduate courses in a Slavic language that is different than their major field of study language of study by the end of Year 3. A working knowledge is defined as proficiency equivalent to a second-year course. Students must also satisfy departmental requirements for their major field of study language. Students who do not major field of study in Russian most often choose it as their second Slavic language.

  • Demonstrate a reading knowledge of French or German.

  • After successful completion of coursework and the French or German language requirement, students must pass written comprehensive examinations in the major field of study field and written and oral comprehensive examinations in the special field. The major field of study field exam cannot be taken if students have any outstanding coursework.

  • By the time of their major field of study field exam, students should have chosen their supervisor and the rest of their committee (in consultation with the supervisor).

  • Dissertation.

  • Residence. In Years 1 and 2, students must take courses and be on campus full-time to participate fully in the PhD program's activities.

Program Length

4 years (many students require 5 years to complete the program)

Time Limit

6 years

Slavic Languages and Literatures: Slavic Languages and Literatures MA, PhD Courses

Not all courses are offered every year. Students should consult the departmental handbook for current course offerings.

General Slavic

SLA 1010H Slavic Proseminar
​SLA 1037H Theatre and Cinema in Extremis: Staging Twentiet​h Century Aesthetics and Politics​
​SLA 1039H ​Kyiv-Kiev-Kijow: A City through Cultures and Centuries
​SLA 1040H ​Methods of Teaching Slavic Languages
​SLA 1207H ​The Imaginary Jew
​SLA 1310H ​Theatre in the Twentieth Century
​SLA 1421H ​Women in East European Fiction
​SLA 1521H ​Post-Modernity and the Mythopoetic Legacy of Mitteleuropa
​SLA 2000Y Reading and Research​
​SLA 2001H One Term Reading and Research​​
​​COL 5012Y ​Readings in Czech/Russian Literary Theory
​COL 5037H ​​​Magic Prague: Question of Literary Cityscapes

Croatian and Serbian Literatures

​SLA 15​07H
Modern Croatian​​​ Bards in Performance​
​SLA 1517H
​Modern Serbian Bards
​SLA 1547H
South Slavic Fo​lklore​

Czech and Slovak Literature

​SLA 1600Y
Introduction to Czech and Slova​k Literatures​
​SLA 1602Y
​Czech Style and Syntax
​SLA 1604Y
History of Czech Verbal Art from the Early Stages to Baroque​
​SLA 1606H
​Public Places and Private Spaces in Czech Short Story
​SLA 1608H
​On the Wave of the Avant-garde
​SLA 1609H
Karel Capek​
​SLA 1610H
​V. Havel: Thinker, Politician, Writer

​​Polish Literature

​SLA 1304H
Staging​ God, Man, and History: Polish Drama​
​SLA 1308H
​Critical Paradigms in Polish Culture
​SLA 1312Y
Modernism and Post-Modernism in Polish Literature​
​SLA 1315H
​Intellectual Traditions, Culture, and Literature: Trajectories in Poland

Russian Literature

​SLA 1202H​
Gul​ag Literature​
​SLA 1203H
​The Self and Other in Russian Prose​
​SLA 1204H
​Contemporary Russian Literature
​SLA 1207H
The Imaginary Jew​
​SLA 1210H
​Studies in Medieval Russian Literature
​SLA 1211Y
​Studies in the Russian Drama: Eighteenth to Twentieth Century
​SLA 1215H
​Studies in Russian Literature and Criticism in the Eighteenth Century
​SLA 1216H
​From English to Russian Literature and Back
​SLA 1220H
​Nineteenth Century Russian Thinkers
SLA 1222Y
​Russian Poetry and Poetics​
​​SLA 1226H
​Dostoevsky in Literary Theory and Criticism
​SLA 1228H
​Themes in Russian Realism
​SLA 1231H
​Russian Modernism
​SLA 1233H
​Studies in Modern Russian Poets
​SLA 1234H
​Dostoevsky
​​SLA 1238H
​Chekhov
​SLA 1239H
​Vladimir Nabokov
​SLA 1240H
​Tolstoy
​SLA 1241H
​Narrative and History
​SLA 1410H
​Gogol
​SLA 1411H
​Experiments in Art in the Late Russian Empire—Early Soviet Union
​SLA 1900H
​Russian Nineteenth-Century Poetry (mandatory for MA students)

​Slavic Linguistics

​SLA 1040H
​Meth​ods of Teaching Slavic Languages
​SLA 1041Y
Advanced Training in Slavic Languages I​
​SLA 1042Y
​Advanced Training in Slavic Languages II
​SLA 1043H
​Advanced Training in Slavic Languages I
​SLA 1044H
​Advanced Training in Slavic Languages II
​SLA 1102Y
Advanced Russian Language Skills
​​​SLA 1104H
Introduction to Old Church Slavonic​
​SLA 1105H
​Russian Phonetics, Phonology, and Derivational Morphology
​SLA 1109H
​Studies in Old Church Slavonic
​SLA 1114H
​Russian Inflectional Morphology, Stress, Lexicon, Aspect
​​SLA 1141H
​History of the Ukrainian Langu​age
​SLA 1142H
​Style and Structure of Ukrainian
​SLA 1150H
​Russian Since the Revolution

Russian Language

​SLA 1101Y​
History o​f the Russian Language​
​SLA ​1102Y
​Ad​vanced Russian Language Skills

Ukrainian Literature/Language

​SLA 1141H
History of Ukra​inian Language​
​SLA 1142H
​Style and Structure of Ukrainian
​SLA 1402Y
​Studies in Ukrainian Modernism
​​SLA 1403Y
​Contemporary Ukrainian Literature
​SLA 1404Y
​Studies in Ukrainian Poets
​SLA 1406Y
​Studies in Ukrainian Literary Criticism
​SLA 1407H
Aspects of Literary Translation of Ukrainian​
​SLA 1412Y
​Literature of the Ukrainian Diaspora