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Ukrainian Futurism, 1914–1930

Ukrainian Futurism, 1914–1930

A Historical and Critical Study

Oleh S. Ilnytzkyj

ISBN 9780916458560

Publication date: 01/15/1998

From its inception just before World War I to its demise during the Stalinist repression of Ukrainian culture in the 1930s, Ukrainian Futurism was much maligned and poorly understood. It has remained so into the late twentieth century. Professor Oleh Ilnytzkyj seeks to rectify the misinterpretations surrounding the Futurists and their leader Mykhail Semenko, providing the first major English-language monograph on this vibrant literary movement and its charismatic leader.

This study places Ukrainian Futurism within the context of other major Ukrainian literary movements of the time and examines its relationship to Russian and West European Futurism; it also includes critical analyses of the major works of the leading figures within the Ukrainian movement.


  • Ilnytzkyj’s great achievement is to demonstrate that Semenko’s followers were in fact part of the mainstream attempt in the first quarter of the century to transcend the rural basis of Ukrainian identity and create a new, vibrant and more ’modern’ sense of self.

    —Andrew Wilson, Slavic and East European Review [UK]


  • Oleh S. Ilnytzkyj is Professor of Modern Languages and Cultural Studies at the University of Alberta.

Book Details

  • 6-3/16 x 9-1/4 inches
  • Harvard Ukrainian Research Institute