Grabowicz George G.
George G. Grabowicz is Dmytro Chyzhevskyj Professor of Ukrainian Literature at Harvard University. He received his undergraduate education at Yale University and did his doctorate in comparative literature at Harvard, where he was also Junior Fellow in the Society of Fellows.
Professor Grabowicz has been Chairman of the Department of Slavic Languages and Literatures at Harvard (1983-88) and Director of Harvard’s Ukrainian Research Institute (1989-1996). He was one of the founders and President (1991-1993) of the International Association for Ukrainian Studies and Chairman of the American Committee of Slavists (1983-1988). He is a member of the Executive Committees of the Ukrainian Research Institute and the Davis Center at Harvard. From 2012 to 2018 he has been President of the Shevchenko Scientific Society in the US and is still a member of its Executive Board.
In 1997 he founded and since then has been editor-in-chief of the Ukrainian monthly Krytyka which has become a leading intellectual journal in Ukraine.
Professor Grabowicz has written on Ukrainian, Polish and Russian literature and on literary theory. His recent scholarly interests include the comparative study of “national poets,” symbolic autobiography, and the legacy of socialist realism. He has published broadly in Ukraine. His first book on Shevchenko (The Poet as Mythmaker, 1982; Ukrainian editions: 1991 and 1997) has been voted the most influential academic book of the post-Soviet period in Ukraine. His Texts and Masks appeared in 2005. In 2013 he published Shevchenko’s ‘Hajdamaky’: The Poem and its Critical Reception and was the general editor of Taras Shevchenko. The Critical Reception, (vol. I, 2013; vol. II, 2016). In 2014 he was the guest curator of the Ukrainian Museum’s [N.Y, N.Y.] bicentennial Shevchenko exhibit and author of the introduction to the catalogue Taras Shevchenko: Poet, Artist, Icon, 1814-1861. He is currently editor of an internationally authored History of Ukrainian Literature headquartered at the University of St. Gallen, Switzerland; prospective publication date: 2020.