Kule Chair in Ukrainian Studies
PhD (Alberta), MA (Alberta)
6-264, City Centre Campus10700 - 104 AvenueEdmonton, AB T5J 4S2780-633-3319
Dr. Svitlana (Lana) Krys (PhD, Alberta 2011) is Assistant Professor of English and Kule Chair in Ukrainian Studies at MacEwan University. Her research focuses on the development of the Gothic genre in Ukrainian literature, and she is currently working on her book manuscript, tentatively titled “At the Origins of the Ukrainian Gothic.” In addition, Dr. Krys serves as the Editor-in-Chief of East/West: Journal of Ukrainian Studies, a scholarly, peer-reviewed, online periodical, published by the Canadian Institute of Ukrainian Studies (University of Alberta). She is also part of the Research Initiative on Democratic Reforms in Ukraine (RIDRU), funded by the Kule Institute for Advanced Study (University of Alberta), where she participates in the cluster on nationalities, culture, and language policies. Her scholarship has been recognized by the American Association for Ukrainian Studies.
Available to supervise honours or individual study students.
Teaching and Research Interests
Dr. Krys’s research interests focus on the Gothic literary movement (in particular, the Slavic vampire), Ukrainian/East European literature, and postcolonial and cultural studies—areas that inspired her 2016 ENGL 219 course (Readings in Speculative Fiction: The Vampire Myth) and her 2017 ENGL 381 course (Postcolonial Literature: Between the British and Russian Empires). Currently, she is developing a senior seminar on the topic of Gothic and politics for winter 2018.
Selected Publications / Presentations / Conference Papers
Krys, Svitlana. "The Unknown Ukrainian: Orest Somov's Prose as a Window to Early Nineteenth-Century Ukraine." Foreword to Kyivan Witches and Other Gothic Tales of Horror: Selected Works by Orest Somov. Lidcombe, Australia: Sova Books, 2016. http://sovabooks.com.au/product/the-witches-of-kyiv-and-other-gothic-tales/
Krys, Svitlana. “Intertextual Parallels Between Gogol' and Hoffmann: A Case Study of Vij and The Devil’s Elixirs.” Canadian-American Slavic Studies (CASS) 47.1 (2013): 1-20.
Krys, Svitlana. “Between Comedy and Horror: The Gothic in Hryhorii Kvitka-Osnov''ianenko’s Dead Man’s Easter (1834).” Slavic and East European Journal (SEEJ) 55.3 (Fall 2011): 341-358.
Krys, Svitlana. “Folklorism in Ukrainian Gotho-Romantic Prose: Oleksa Storozhenko’s Tale About Devil in Love (1861).” Folklorica: Journal of the Slavic and East European Folklore Association 16 (2011): 117-138 https://journals.ku.edu/index.php/folklorica/article/view/4211.
Krys, Svitlana. “Allusions to Hoffmann in Gogol’s Ukrainian Horror Stories from the Dikan'ka Collection.” Canadian Slavonic Papers: Special Issue, devoted to the 200th anniversary of Nikolai Gogol'’s birth (1809–1852) 51.2-3 (June-September 2009): 243-266. *2009-2010 Best article award from the American Association for Ukrainian Studies
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