In November 2019 our Society, along with other Ukrainian Studies institutions in the US—the Ukrainian Academy of Arts and Sciences in the US, the Ukrainian Institute of America, and the Ukrainian Research Institute at Harvard University—sponsored an international conference on the occasion of the bicentennial of Panteleimon Kulish, the author of the first Ukrainian novel, the translator of the Bible and many plays of Shakespeare, the creator of the Ukrainian orthography, and a tireless and passionate critic, publicist, historian, ethnographer and true Renaissance man. Several of the articles included in this volume were first presented at that conference, which was held at the Ukrainian Institute of America in New York City.
Among the articles included in this issue are:
George G. Grabowicz. Rehabilitation Deferred: Panteleimon Kulish in the 1920s (in English)
Tamara Hundorova. The Philosophy of Panteleimon Kulish’s Khutir Culture as a Project of Ukrainian Populism (the Perspective of Viktor Petrov)
Anna Procyk. Panteleimon Kulish and His Polish Encounters during the Era of Young Europe (in English)
Vasyl’ Ivashkiv. The Ukrainian World of Panteleimon Kulish’s Historical Novel Aleksei Odnorog
Andriy Danylenko. Who is Closer to the People? The Little Russian Sermons of Vasyl’ Hrechulevych as Edited by Panteleimon Kulish (1857)
Halyna Naienko and Iaryna Khodakivs’ka. The Emergence of Kulish’s Scholarly Language
Oleksandr Boron’. Shakespeare’s Plays Read by Taras Shevchenko: Commentary from the Source Base
Ievhen Nakhlik. Ivan Gonta’s Motivation (Verifying of the Hypotheses of Ivan Franko, Danylo Mordovets’, and Volodymyr Antonovych)
Oles Fedoruk. The Inscriptions of Panteleimon Kulish
Vasyl Makhno. On Bohdan Rubchak
Maria Rewakowicz. The Literary Hypostases of Bohdan Rubchak
Ihor Hyrych. The Scholar and the Church: In Memory of Ihor Skochylias (5 April 1967–20 December 2020)
The issue concludes with a Chronicle of Kulish-related conferences, events and celebrations held in Ukraine in 2019 as well as a list of some two dozen Shevchenko- and Kulish-related books published by the Shevchenko Scientific Society between 2011 and 2021, with a few antedating the Society’s formal sponsorship of the Shevchenko and Kulish series from 2005 to 2009.
Thank you to the authors, volume editor Oles Fedoruk, series editor George G. Grabowicz, and the editors, staff, and director Andrii Mokrousov at Часопис КРИТИКА – Journal KRYTYKA for your contributions to and preparation of this volume. We welcome our members’ submissions and proposals for future volumes.