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P. Crath and T. Pavlychenko: Nationalism vs. Socialism in Ukrainian-Canadian Literature

Description: CIUS Seminar Audio Part 1 and 2.

The final Institute seminar of the first term was held on December 5 when Dr. Yar Slavutych of the Department of Slavic Languages, University of Alberta, spoke on "P. Crath and T. Pavlychenko: Nationalism vs. Socialism in Ukrainian-Canadian Literature."

The speaker examined the numerous poetic (seven collections) and two scholarly works of the active socialist Paul Crath [Pavlo Krat], who came to Canada in 1907 and proceeded to spread revolutionary ideas, departing from socialism to become a Protestant minister. As an ardent Ukrainian patriot, P. Crath attacked the Russian tsarist regime and yearned for an independent Ukraine during World War I.

The speaker then discussed the only book of T. Pavlychenko ' s poetry Dukh natsii (Spirit of Nation). This author was a professor of the University of Saskatchewan and a known nationalist leader in Canada. In his poetry the author maintained that the strong are victorious and reject laws of higher justice. Only the cultivation of a mighty will and biological force can assure liberation from captivity. This applied both to the biological world and to nations in their historical development.

The speaker presented Crath and Pavlychenko as talented poets who brought new and interesting ideas to Ukrainian-Canadian literature, and who deserve deeper and more comprehensive study.

Found in CIUS Newsletter Vol 3 Issue 1 (Winter 1978)
Author: CIUS
Publisher: CIUS
Date: December 5, 1978
Contributor: Yar Slavutych
Language: English, Ukrainian
Original Format: Magnetic tape, audio cassette

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CIUS, “P. Crath and T. Pavlychenko: Nationalism vs. Socialism in Ukrainian-Canadian Literature,” CIUS-Archives, accessed July 21, 2024, https://cius-archives.ca/items/show/1978.
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