Svitlana (Lana) Krys

Kule Chair in Ukrainian Studies
Assistant Professor
, English, Comparative Literature

PhD (Alberta), MA (Alberta)

6-264, City Centre Campus
10700 – 104 Avenue
Edmonton, AB


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). From 2016-19, she was part of the Research Initiative on Democratic Reforms in Ukraine (RIDRU), funded by the Kule Institute for Advanced Study (University of Alberta), where she participated in the cluster on nationalities, culture, and language policies. Her scholarship has been recognized by the American Association for Ukrainian Studies.

Available to supervise senior students' independent study.

Comparative and world literature, Ukrainian studies (language, literature, and culture), Slavic studies (literature and culture), gothic and horror fiction, vampire in literature and film, romanticism, literary theory and criticism (post-colonial, feminism, cultural studies), Ukrainian culture and democratic reforms

Teaching and Research Interests

Dr. Krys’s research interests focus on the Gothic literary movement (in particular, the Slavic vampire), Ukrainian/East European literature, postcolonial and cultural studies, and gender studies. These areas inspired her ENGL 218 course (Reading Gender: The Female Gothic), ENGL 219 course (Readings in Speculative Fiction: The Vampire Myth), ENGL 381 course (Postcolonial Literature: Between the British and Russian Empires) and ENGL 489 seminar (Themes, Traditions, Phenomena: The Gothic and Politics). Currently, she is developing courses on trauma narratives, East European literature in translation (Writing from the "Other" World) and monsters/supernatural beings in literature.

She also regularly teaches COMP 103 (World Literature from the 17th Century to the Present) and ENGL 103 (Introduction to Literature), where she incorporates Ukrainian content: the works of Taras Shevchenko, Ivan Franko, Lesia Ukrainka, Valerii Shevchuk and others.

Selected Publications / Presentations / Conference Papers

Krys, Svitlana (Lana). “Andrii Liubka’s Carbide: Ukrainian Democratic Reforms through a Dark Glass.” Canadian Slavonic Papers, special issue “Postcoloniality and Neo-Gothic Fictions in the Post-Soviet Space,” vol. 61, no. 4, 2019, pp. 399-419. https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/00085006.2019.1657355

Krys, Svitlana (Lana). “Vampires in Halyna Pahutiak’s Contemporary Ukrainian Fiction: Biting into the Global Myth.” Gothic Studies, vol. 20, nos. 1-2, 2018, pp. 257-275. https://www.manchesterhive.com/abstract/journals/gs/20/1-2/article-p257.xml * 

Krys, Svitlana (Lana). “All-Time Sinner or National Hero? Language and Politics in Oleksa Storozhenko’s Ukrainian Gothic.” Slavic and East European Journal, special thematic section on the Ukrainian Gothic, vol. 62, no. 2, summer 2018, pp. 293-317. http://u.osu.edu/seej/issues/62-2/krys/

Krys, Svitlana. “Falling into the Existential Abyss: Ivan Franko’s Realist Prose in Experiments with Gothic and Crime Fiction Modes.” Canadian Slavonic Papers/Revue Canadienne des Slavistes: Special issue dedicated to the International Congress of Slavists, vol. 60, no. 1-2, 2018, pp. 136-158. https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/00085006.2018.1447745.

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/  

*Nominated for the Canadian Association for Ukrainian Studies Article Prize, May 1 2019.

Awards / Grants / Fellowships

  • Publication grants for the editorship of East/West: Journal of Ukrainian Studies. Canadian Institute of Ukrainian Studies, University of Alberta and Alberta Foundation for Ukrainian Education Society (2016-20)
  • Helen Darcovich Memorial Doctoral Fellowship. Canadian Institute of Ukrainian Studies. University of Alberta (2009-11)
  • Best Article Award in the fields of Ukrainian history, politics, language, literature and culture. American Association for Ukrainian Studies (2009-10)
  • The Margaret Brine Scholarship for Women. Canadian Federation of University Women, Edmonton (2009-10)
  • Queen Elizabeth II Doctoral Scholarship. University of Alberta (2008-10)

Professional Associations / Memberships

  • Member, American Association of Teachers of Slavic and East European Languages
  • Member, Association for Slavic, East European and Eurasian Studies
  • Member, Canadian Association of Slavists
  • Member, Canadian Association for Ukrainian Studies
  • Member, Canadian Comparative Literature Association
  • Member, International Gothic Association
  • Member, Slavic and East European Folklore Association
  • Member, Ukrainian Commemorative Society

Boards / Committees

  • MacEwan Social Innovation Institute - Engaged Scholarship Committee
  • Canadian Association of Slavists, Executive Committee
  • Canadian Association of Ukrainian Studies, Executive Committee
  • Kule Institute for Advanced Study, University of Alberta, Advisory Council
  • Canadian Institute of Ukrainian Studies, University of Alberta, Advisory Council
  • Shevchenko Scientific Society of Canada (NTSh), Edmonton Chapter Board