The defined and redefinedLaboratories

The defined and redefined


A separate direction of the Literary Laboratory of Mystetskyi Arsenal activities is collaboration with secondary school teachers. One of the goals is to familiarize teachers with the latest trends in approaches to the study and interpretation of writers' texts and biographies. We called this direction “Understanding literature”. 

One of the first results of our work was the lecture project “The defined and redefined”. We have suggested that professional literary critics should not be restricted to the university audience, but share knowledge with the teachers of Ukrainian literature. Such a format involves stories about little-known facts from the life of classical authors, new reading or interpretations of well-known works of the school curriculum, as well as an overview of the main theses of the key scientific monographs needed to understand the identity of each writer. This is a presentation in the popular form of aspects, the coverage that you often cannot find in texbooks.  

Each of the ten lectures that cover the school canon of literature from Skovoroda to Stus is an author's creation; it is unique every time, because the lecturer collaborates with the audience, responds to it and, accordingly, is not limited to the text prepared, but continues his or her monologue according to the reaction of the listeners, their level of preparation, questions and answers during the presentation of the material. 

Video recordings of lectures are available online – and therefore, accessible to professional audience and everyone who wants to learn new things regardless of geography and time of day.

Our lecturers:

Vira Aheieva

Professor, Doctor of Philology, lecturer at the Kyiv-Mohyla Academy, laureate of Shevchenko National Prize

Rostyslav Semkiv

Associate Professor of the Department of Literary Studies at the Kyiv-Mohyla Academy, Candidate of Sciences (Philology)

Oleksii Sinchenko

Associate Professor of the Department of Ukrainian Literature and Comparative Studies of the B. Hrinchenko Kyiv University, Candidate of Sciences (Philology)

Course was held:

October, 17-20, 2017

(in cooperation with the Institute of Postgraduate Pedagogical Education of Kyiv Borys Grinchenko University)

October, 30 – November, 3, 2017