History of the Department of Theory and History of Ukrainian and World Literature

The history of the Department of Theory and History of Ukrainian and World Literature of Vasyl’ Stus Donetsk National University begins in the middle of 1937, when a joint department of Ukrainian, Russian and foreign literature appeared at the Stalino Pedagogical Institute. Its first head was S. Hutsalo, who also headed the department in the postwar period – until 1952 of M. Logvynova, K. Spasenko were the members of the department in 1940s, as well as graduates of 1941 – M. Lysak, I. Osliak (later rector of Zhytomyr Pedagogical Institute), V. Safronova. The graduates of the department were a prominent Ukrainian poet, literary critic, human rights activist, Hero of Ukraine Vasyl’ Stus, a leading Ukrainian literary critic and cultural scientist, academician of Ukraine Ivan Dziuba.

The teaching staff of the Department of History of Ukrainian Literature and Folklore in the 1990s included V. Sobol (Doctor of Philological Sciences), S. Myshanych (Doctor of Philological Sciences), Associate Professors M. Fedorchuk, F. Pustova, V. Olifirenko, V. Prosalova, Senior Lecturer T.M. Matchenko, Assistants, and subsequently Associate Professors A. Davydova-Bila, O. Solovey, N. Ursani and other lecturers.

From 1991 to 2007, Doctor of Philological Sciences, Professor S. Myshanych, a well-known folklorist, was the Head of the Department of History of Ukrainian Literature and Folklore Studies. A native of Zakarpattia , he actively worked as part of folklore expeditions, with which he traveled all over Ukraine and Ukrainian settlements of the Far East and Kuban. Professor Myshanych was the author of numerous scientific works devoted to the actual problems of national folklore, a long-time lecturer of the course “Oral folk art”, the founder of the scientific professional collection “Actual problems of Ukrainian literature and folklore”.

In September 2007, Doctor of Philology, Professor Vira Prosalova, a specialist in the field of literature theory and history of Ukrainian literature, was elected Head of the Department of History of Ukrainian Literature and Folklore Studies. Her range of scientific interests is wide: problems of intertextuality and intermediality, Ukrainian literary process in emigration, current problems of the modern literary process, problems of teaching literature in secondary and high school.

In 2014, a new stage in the life of university literary scholars began. Military action in Donbass caused the evacuation of the university to Vinnytsia. During its stay in exile, the staff of the department began to cooperate with the major cultural and educational centers of Podillya.

The Department of Theory and History of Ukrainian and World Literature of Vasyl’ Stus Donetsk National University was created in January 2016 through the reorganization of three departments: Theory of Literature and Art Culture, History of Ukrainian Literature and Folklore, Russian Literature. As a structural unit of the University, the department provides educational, methodological, scientific and innovative, organizational, international and morale work in the specialties “Ukrainian language and literature”, “Language and literature (Russian)”, provides reading literary courses in the specialties “Journalism”, “Cultural Studies” of Faculty of Philology.

The newly created department is headed by V. Prosalova – Doctor of Philology, Professor, author of more than 220 scientific and methodological works. Three of them are monographs (“Text in the world of texts of the Prague Literary School”, “Intertextuality of Artistic Text: Text-forming and Receptive Aspects”) “(coauthored),” Intermediate Aspects of Modern Ukrainian Literature “); two textbooks “Poetry of the Prague School” (Letter of the Ministry of Education and Science of Ukraine № 2/891 dated 5.06.2000), “Ukrainian literature of the interwar decades in emigration” (Letter of the Ministry of Education and Science of Ukraine No. 1.4 / 18G-1199 dated May 28, 2008), recommended by the Ministry of Education and Science of Ukraine for students of higher education institutions; 20 educational and methodical works, numerous articles in professional editions of Ukraine and abroad. She has prepared 6 candidates of philological sciences.

Since 2009, V. Prosalova has been the responsible editor-in-chief of the literary-scientific collection “Actual problems of Ukrainian literature and folklore”, which is included in the list of professional editions of Ukraine. It has been edited by several literary collections in the ‘Donetsk Bulletin of the Shevchenko Scientific Society’ (2005, 2007, 2009, 2010, 2012). Member of Donetsk Branch of SSTS since 1999, Member of the Shevchenko Scientific Society since 2015. She is a member of the editorial board of the humanitarian department “Visnyk of Vasyl’ Stus Donetsk National University”. She was awarded the Certificate of the Ukraine – World Association for her significant personal contribution to the development of cooperation with foreign Ukrainian, the MES of Ukraine for conscientious long-term work, the MES of Ukraine Breastplate of Excellence in Education.

As Head of the Department of Theory and History of Ukrainian and World Literature, Vira has done a great deal to create the image of a promising, successful and well-known team of scholars in Ukraine. V. Prosalova enjoys the well-deserved respect of colleagues and students, and the democratic style of her leadership of the department serves as a basis for developing the scientific potential of the department.

Many people work at the Department of Theory and History of Ukrainian and World Literature, Doctor of Philology, Professor V. Prosalova, 4 Candidates of Philological Sciences: O. Punina, N. Ursani, O. Solovey, M. Reutova, assistant V. Chuiko. The members of the department take part in the activities of creative unions, scientific institutions, in international and all-Ukrainian conferences. The associate professors of the department O. Solovey and O. Punin founded the prestigious literary-scientific edition “Stusoznavchi Notebooks”.

Students who specialize in the history of Ukrainian and world literature are involved in the scientific work of the department: they participate in competitions and conferences of different levels, have the opportunity to publish the results of their research in the collections of the university.