Ivan Mazeppa

The Centre for Ukrainian Canadian Studies, as part of its mandate to explore instances of Ukrainian culture in North America, has discovered a rare dime novel dated 1912.  The novel, titled The Indian Mazeppa; or, The Madman of the Plains.  A Strange Story of the Texan Frontier, was written by Albert W. Aiken. The most relevant chapters (I to IV) are presented and illustrate how the Mazeppa legend has travelled from Ukraine to North America and has undergone a nearly complete transformation. 

In this version, Mazeppa has become a woman, the Ukrainian has become an Indian and the setting has moved from Ukraine to the American West.  And yet, the basic story of the Mazeppa legend remains intact. 

While this particular dime novel is American in focus, there are also many Canadianizations of the same story.

Click here to read the story.


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