Basic Info

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University of Kansas
Russia, Ukraine, Soviet Union, Central and Eastern Europe
Literature, Film, Area Studies, Cultural Studies

Scholar's Bio

Associate Professor; Director, Center for Russian, East European & Eurasian Studies
Short Bio

Vitaly Chernetsky is an associate professor of Slavic Languages and Literatures and director of the Center for Russian, East European & Eurasian Studies at the University of Kansas. A native of Ukraine, he began his university education at Moscow State University, and arrived in the US as an exchange student in 1989. He received his PhD in Comparative Literature from the University of Pennsylvania. He has been working in Slavic LGBTQ studies since the early 1990s. He is the author of Mapping Postcommunist Cultures: Russia and Ukraine in the Context of Globalization (2007) and of articles on modern and contemporary Russian and Ukrainian literature and film where he seeks to highlight cross-regional and cross-disciplinary contexts. He is also active as a literary translator from the Ukrainian and Russian. 

Late 19th century--present
Ukrainian, Russian (native); reading knowledge of most other Slavic languages; French
Recent/Major Publications

2018 “Literary Translation, Queer Discourses, and Cultural Transformation: Mogutin Translating/Translating Mogutin,” in Brian J. Baer and Susanna Witt, eds., Translation in Russian Contexts: Culture, Politics, Identity (New York: Routledge)

2017 “The Unusual Case of Fr. Sergei Kruglov: Poet, Priest, and Postmodernist in Post-Soviet Siberia,” Russian Literature, vol. 87-89 

2017 “Ahatanhel Kryms′kyi,” The Literary Encyclopedia,

2016 “Ukrainian Queer Culture: The Difficult Birth,” in Kārlis Verdiņš and Jānis Ozoliņš, eds., Queer Stories of Europe (Newcastle upon Tyne: Cambridge Scholars Press)

2007 Mapping Postcommunist Cultures: Russia and Ukraine in the Context of Globalization (Montreal: McGill—Queen’s University Press) [chap. 5 is queer-focused]

2000 Crossing Centuries: The New Generation in Russian Poetry, co-edited with John High, Thomas Epstein, Lyn Hejinian, Patrick Henry, Gerald Janecek, and Laura Weeks [edited and the gay section of the anthology and wrote an introductory essay for it]