Oleh S. Ilnytzkyj
Professor of Ukrainian Literature, Language & Culture
University of Alberta
Co-Principal Investigator of the Ukrainian Literature (High and Popular) On the Maidan and About the Maidan project
About Oleh S. Ilnytzkyj
Dr. Oleh S. Ilnytzkyj earned his MA and PhD degrees in Harvard University. He is a full professor in the Department of Modern Languages and Cultural Studies (MLCS) at the University of Alberta, where he teaches undergraduate and graduate courses related to Ukrainian literature, culture and language. He also teaches the department’s graduate seminar on Contemporary Literary and Cultural Theory to a cross section of MLCS and East Asian graduate students. He has served as Associate Chair for Graduate Studies and Area Coordinator of the Slavic Programs. He was editor of Canadian Slavonic Papers for almost ten years. Prior to that he was the journal’s Book Review Editor. He is currently Editor-in-Chief of a new online journal, East/West: Journal of Ukrainian Studies.
His major research interests lie in three broad areas. Firstly, he is a recognized expert on the Ukrainian avant-garde and modernism. His book on Ukrainian Futurism was the first comprehensive and holistic study of the movement. Professor Ilnytzkyj’s other research focuses on the first half of the nineteenth century and the Russian Empire. He is studying the process of “national culture” formation under conditions of empire and how modern national identities are constituted through literary discourses. He is writing a book on the contested imperial “cultural capital” of the early nineteenth century and the writer Nikolai Gogol (i.e., Mykola Hohol) who is at the center of this debate.
His third major area is Humanities Computing, specifically computer-aided text analysis and concordancing. His four-volume Concordance to the Poetic Works of Taras Shevchenko (co-authored with George Hawrysch) was the first literary concordance in Ukrainian literature. More recently, two colleagues (Natalia Pylypiuk, Serhii Kozakov) and Prof. Ilnytzkyj co-authored the online Concordance to the Complete Works of Hryhorii Skovoroda; a project that was made possible by a SSHRC grant.