A research group led by professor George Grabowicz (Harvard University) is working on a new history of Ukrainian literature that attempts to reconstruct the ideological, aesthetic and social framework, which defined the production and reception of texts in a given time period. This is a clear departure from the “classical” canon and a suggestion of alternative reading that incorporates the connection between regional aspects, literary and cultural phenomena. This alternative reading will be characterized by an inclusive approach, that incorporates texts and writers of various languages.
Although the project primarily targets Western audience, it also holds forth the promise of revitalizing Ukrainian literary-historical studies and the literary historiography as such. In connection with a methodological outline of the history of Ukrainian literature, flexible formats will be adapted: