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Ludmilla Voitkovska and the Ukrainian house where Joseph Conrad was born.

Millard Lecture: Joseph Conrad's Ukrainian Footsteps

A Department of English talk by Dr. Ludmilla Voitkovska (PhD)


Date: Thursday, March 21
2:30–3:30 pm
Education Building Room 1004, 28 Campus Dr., Saskatoon

Free and open to the public

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A talk by Dr. Ludmilla Voitkovska (PhD), professor in the University of Saskatchewan Department of English

Ukrainian poet, translator, cultural studies scholar, and politician Dmytro Pavlychko wrote in the Book of Visitors in the People’s Museum named after Joseph Conrad in Terekhove (Ukraine): "The name of Joseph Conrad unites three elements, three cultural forces: the land of Ukraine, the spirit of Poland, and the majesty of the English language." However, Joseph Conrad’s connection to Ukraine, despite being obvious, has been generally unacknowledged or deemphasized in international discussions of this canonical author. It is either dismissed as insignificant or cloaked in concepts that stem from various narratives regarding the political history of Eastern Europe. This lecture will trace those footprints across Ukraine by way of re-framing an author whose work has been so much a part of the traditions of English studies.

Ludmilla Voitkovska is a professor of English at the University of Saskatchewan. She has a PhD in linguistics from the University of Odessa (Ukraine) and a PhD in English from the University of Saskatchewan. She has written extensively on Joseph Conrad's critical reception as well as issues in his work's translation. Her latest monograph, Exile as a Continuum in Joseph Conrad’s Fiction: Living in Translation, was published by Routledge Press in 2022 and was nominated for the Adam Gillon Book Award in Conrad Studies.


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