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George S. N. Luckyj

George S. N. Luckyj
George S. N. Luckyj (1919–2001) played a major role in the establishment and early years of CIUS and the Canadian Association of Slavists. He also served as the first editor of Canadian Slavonic Papers, the journal of CAS. During his long career as a lecturer and then professor in the University of Toronto's department of Slavic languages and literatures, he helped turn the department into a leading center of Slavic studies in North America in his capacity as chairman. His translations include "The Hunters and the Hunted" by Ivan Bahriany; Iwan Majstrenko's "Borotbism: A Chapter in the History of Ukrainian Communism"; Elie Borschak's "Hryhor Orlyk: France's Cossack General"; Dmytro Doroshenko's "Survey of Ukrainian Historiography" ; Mykola Khvyliovy's "Stories from the Ukraine"; George Y. Shevelov's "Syntax of Modern Literary Ukrainian"; "A Little Touch of Drama" by Valerian Pidmohylny; Panteleimon Kulish's "Black Council"; Mykola Kulish's "Sonata Pathètique" (1975) and others. Other works of Ukrainian literature in English edited by Prof. Luckyj include "Four Ukrainian Poets" "Modern Ukrainian Short Stories"; and Mykhailo Kotsiubyns'kyi's "Shadows of Forgotten Ancestors". As a literary scholar, Prof. Luckyj is best known for two seminal monographs: the aforementioned "Literary Politics in the Soviet Ukraine, 1917-1934," and "Between Gogol and Shevchenko: Polarity in the Literary Ukraine, 1798-1847" (1971), a now classic study of the Ukrainian Romantic generation. Just prior to his retirement he wrote the monograph "Panteleimon Kulish: A Sketch of His Life and Times". Prof. Luckyj also wrote many articles on Ukrainian literature, Soviet literary politics and dissent, and individual Ukrainian and Russian writers for scholarly journals, encyclopedias and other reference books. He served as the editor of the section on Ukrainian literature in Volume 1 of Ukraine: A Concise Encyclopaedia (1963). Prof. Luckyj also founded the Journal of Ukrainian Graduate Studies (now Journal of Ukrainian Studies), and served as its faculty advisor and de facto editor-in-chief until 1982.

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