Solomiia Pavlychko

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Solomiia Dmytrivna Pavlychko[1] (Ukrainian: Соломія Дмитрівна Павличко) (December 15, 1958, Lviv – December 31, 1999, Kiev) was a Ukrainian literary critic, philosopher and translator.


Solomiia Pavlychko was born December 15, 1958 in Lviv. Her father was the well-known Ukrainian poet, Dmytro Pavlychko. She graduated in English and French from the Romance-Germanic Faculty of Kiev University, earning a PhD in English literature in 1984.[2] From 1985 she worked at the National Academy of Science of Ukraine. She was a Doctor of Philosophy, a professor at the University of Kyiv-Mohyla Academy, and a member of the Writer's Union of Ukraine. She was also a visiting professor at the University of Alberta, and at Harvard University, where she was a Fulbright fellow. Since 1992 she was the head of the editorial board of the publishing house Osnovy in Kiev.

Pavlychko wrote book-length studies of American romanticism, Byron, the modern English novel and modernism in Ukrainian literature. Her memoir of the first years of Ukrainian independence in 1990-1, Letters from Kiev, was published in English in 1992. She was also a prolific translator: among her Ukrainian translations are William Golding's Lord of the Flies and D. H. Lawrence's Lady Chatterley's Lover. Mrs. Pavlychko also contributed to the work of the World Bank/UNESCO Task Force on Higher Education in Developing Countries, whose report was issued in Feb. 2000.[3] She left unfinished a biography of the Ukrainian poet and orientalist Ahatanhel Krymsky. She died on December 31, 1999.


  • The Philosophical Poetry of American Romanticism (Ukrainian, Kyiv 1988)
  • Byron: His Life and Works (Ukrainian, Kyiv, 1989)
  • Letters from Kyiv (English, Edmonton, 1992)
  • The Labyrinths of Thought: The Intellectual Novel of Contemporary Great Britain (Ukrainian, Kyiv, 1993)
  • Dyskurs modernizmu v ukrains'kii literaturi [The Discourse of Modernism in Ukrainian Literature] (Ukrainian, Kyiv, 1997, 2nd ed. 1999)


  1. ^ Alternative transliterations: Solomiya, Solomea
  2. ^ Vitaly Chernetsky, 'Pavlychko, Solomea (Solomiia) Dmytrivna', Who's Who in Contemporary Women's Writing, ed. Jane Eldredge Miller, Routledge, 2001, p. 253
  3. ^ Higher Education in Developing Countries

External links[edit]

  • Pavlychko's books published by the Canadian Institute of Ukrainian Studies (CIUS)Press [1]
  • Google books "Post-Soviet Women: from the Baltic to Central Asia" [2]
  • Cambridge Catalogue "Women in Russia and Ukraine" [3]
  • "Feminism, intellectuals and the formation of micro-publics in postcommunist Ukraine" [4]
  • University of Toronto Solomea Pavlychko Stipend Pledge Form [5]
  • Being a Woman in Ukraine [6]

Obituary in The Ukrainian Weekly,