Yuliya Ilchuk Wins Book Prizes for Nikolai Gogol: Performing Hybrid Identity

Yuliya Ilchuk, Assistant Professor of Slavic Languages and Literature and Chair of Undergraduate Studies, Slavic Languages and Literatures at Stanford, won the 2022 University of Southern California Book Prize in Literary and Cultural Studies for outstanding monograph published on Russia, Eastern Europe or Eurasia in the fields of literary and cultural studies for her book Nikolai Gogol: Performing Hybrid Identity (University of Toronto Press). This award is offered by the Association for Slavic, East European and Eurasian Studies (ASEEES). In this book, Ilchuk provides a comprehensive account of assimilation and hybridization of Ukrainians in the Russian empire, arguing that Russia’s imperial culture has depended on Ukraine and the participation of Ukrainian intellectuals in its development. Ilchuk also introduces innovative computer-assisted methods of textual analysis to demonstrate the palimpsest-like quality of Gogol’s texts and national identity. Ilchuk also won a prize for the book from the American Association for Ukrainian Studies in May 2022 and she won the American Association for Ukrainian Studies (AAUS) best book award in this Year's Competition. She also received a nomination for the 2022 American Association of Teachers of Slavic and East European Languages (AATSEEL) book prize.