Unbound: Ukrainian Canadians Writing Home

Unbound: Ukrainian Canadians Writing Home

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Edited by Lisa Grekul and Lindy Ledohowski
University of Toronto Press, Scholarly Publishing Division © 2016
World Rights
168 Pages
ISBN 9781442631090
Published Mar 2016
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What does it mean to be Ukrainian in contemporary Canada? The Ukrainian Canadian writers in Unbound challenge the conventions of genre – memoir, fiction, poetry, biography, essay – and the boundaries that separate ethnic and authorial identities and fictional and non-fictional narratives. These intersections become the sites of new, thought-provoking and poignant creative writing by some of Canada’s best-known Ukrainian Canadian authors.

To complement the creative writing, editors Lisa Grekul and Lindy Ledohowski offer an overview of the history of Ukrainian settlement in Canada and an extensive bibliography of Ukrainian Canadian literature in English. Unbound is the first such exploration of Ukrainian Canadian literature and a book that should be on the shelves of Canadian literature fans and those interested in the study of ethnic, postcolonial, and diasporic literature.

Lisa Grekul is a novelist and associate professor in the Department of Critical Studies at the University of British Columbia Okanagan.

Lindy Ledohowski is an educational leader and literary scholar. She serves on the board of trustees for the Canadian Museum for Human Rights.

Preface: “Write your stories down; make your voices heard”
Weronika Suchacka

Introduction: Ukrainian Canadian Poet Pedagogues
Lindy Ledohowski

1. Language Lessons
Janice Kulyk Keefer

2. Eight Things
Elizabeth Bachinsky

3. Am I Ukrainian?
Marsha Forchuk Skrypuch

4. Bringing Back Memory
Marusya Bociurkiw

5. Tuteshni
Erín Moure

6. Putting the Baba Back in the Book
Daria Salamon

7. The Gulag, The Crypt and the Gallows: Sites of Ukrainian Canadian Desire
Myrna Kostash

Conclusion: Ukrainian Identities On(the)Line: Writing Ethnicity in a Time of Crisis
Lisa Grekul

Appendix: Bibliography of English-Language Ukrainian Canadian Literature

"Unbound: Ukrainian Canadians Writing Home is a book about what it means to belong to an ethnos, if not an ethnic community, in a globalized world, and how a sense of identification with one's ancestral past rubs up against one's present, creating sparks that can help fire the literary imagination.

A postmodern mash-up of memories, critical reflections, creative ruminations, and pointed questions that probe the boundaries of one's own skin and sense of kin, the contributors' essays grapple with their conflicted identities with a frankness that is frequently uncomfortable, yet more often than not, liberating. Their craft and artistry provides food for thought that goes well beyond the stereotypes of borscht and cabbage rolls."

Jars Balan, Canadian Institute of Ukrainian Studies, University of Alberta


p. 64, endnote 6

Currently reads: Bachinsky, "The Wax Ceremony," in God of Missed Connections, www.nightwoodeditions.com. Reprinted with permission.

Correction: Bachinsky, "The Wax Ceremony," in God of Missed Connections, www.nightwoodeditions.com. Reprinted with permission. "The Wax Ceremony" draws on a number of print and online research materials. Those interested in a complete bibliography may contact the author through Nightwood Editions. Texts of particular significance to "The Wax Ceremony" include Bohdan Kordan and Peter Melnycky's In the Shadow of the Rockies; Bill Waiser's Park Prisoners; Orest Martynowych's Ukrainians in Canada; Helen Potrebenko's No Streets of Gold; and the NFB film Freedom Had a Price.