Irene (Irena) MAKARYK


Irene (Irena) MAKARYK
Professor, Department of English

MHN 304

Office: 631-562-5800 ext. 1143

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Irene (Irena) R. Makaryk


Cross-appointed to Department of Theatre

Shakespeare 400 celebrations:

Wartime Shakespeare in a Global Context – University of Ottawa, September 18-20, 2009 (en français)

Shakespeare Association of America 
International Shakespeare Association 
European Shakespeare Research Association (ESRA), Modernist Studies Association (MSA), Modern Language Association.

For current course descriptions, see the graduate and undergraduate brochures in the Programs of Study section of this site

My special interest is the ongoing “conversation” we have with Shakespeare and the way in which various cultures and periods reinterpret, revise, transform, and employ his works. More generally, I study the way in which theatre and the classics function in times of great social duress (such as the Russian revolution, World War II, and the war in Afghanistan today). I also work on the great Soviet Ukrainian director Les Kurbas, Soviet modernism and the avant-garde.

Watch Kontakt TV's "Eye on Culture" program on Les Kurbas and Modernism, based on my research on the topic.

University degrees

PhD, MA, BA, English, University of Toronto

Fields of interest  

  • Shakespeare
  • Shakespeare’s afterlife
  • Soviet avant-garde theatre
  • War and culture
  • Les Kurbas
  • Modernism


  • The Filip Konowal, VC Memorial Lifetime Achievement Award for contributions to Ukrainian studies (2009).
  • Short-listed, Canadian Federation for the Humanities and Social Sciences (CFHSS), Raymond Klibansky Award for the best scholarly book published in English in the humanities in Canada for Shakespeare in the Undiscovered Bourn: Les' Kurbas, Ukrainian Modernism, and Early Soviet Cultural Politics (University of Toronto Press, 2004)
  • The Inaugural Rt. Hon. Ramon J. Hnatyshyn Lecture, Chair of Ukrainian Studies, "Theatre, Nation, Identity: Les Kurbas and Modernist Shakespeare. May 7, 2004.
  • "Shakespeare Right and Wrong" reprinted in Shakespeare Criticism (Gage Group 2003), vol. 80 ("Year's best").
  • Ann Saddlemyer Award, Honourable Mention, 2003, forShakespeare in Canada: a world elsewhere? (University of Toronto Press, 2002) for the best scholarly book on Canadian theatre history
  • Encyclopedia of Contemporary Literary Theory named one of the 100 most influential books published by the University of Toronto Press (2001)

Selected publications


Makaryk, Irena R. and Marissa McHugh, eds. Shakespeare and the Second World War: Memory, Culture, Identity. University of Toronto Press, Fall 2012.

Makaryk, Irena R. (with Virlana Tkacz), ed. and contributor, Modernism in Kyiv: Jubilant Experimentation. University of Toronto Press, 2010.

Makaryk, Irena R., Peretvorennia Shekpsira: Les’ Kurbas, ukrains’kyi modernizm ta radians’ka kul’turna politika. Translated by Mykola Klymchuk (Kyiv: Nika-Tsentr, 2010). (Translation of revised version ofShakespeare in the Undiscovered Bourn). Winner of the Book of the Year, Literary Criticism category, sponsored by Kyiv-Mohyla Academy University (Ukraine) and Litaktsent online journal.

Makaryk, Irena R. Shakespeare in the Undiscovered Bourn: Les Kurbas, Ukrainian Modernism, and Early Soviet Cultural Politics. University of Toronto Press, 2004.

Makaryk, Irena R. and Joseph G. Price, eds. Shakespeare in the Worlds of Communism and Socialism. University of Toronto Press, 2006.

Makaryk, Irena R. and Diana Brydon, eds. Shakespeare in Canada: A world elsewhere? University of Toronto Press, 2002.

Makaryk, Irena R., ed. and compiler. Encyclopedia of Contemporary Literary Theory. University of Toronto Press, 1993.

Makaryk, Irena R., ed. “Living record”: Essays in Memory of Constantine Bida. University of Ottawa Press, 1991.

Makaryk, Irena R. About the Harrowing of Hell: A Seventeenth-century Ukrainian Play in Its European Context. Canadian Institute of Ukrainian Studies and Dovehouse Editions, 1989.

Book chapters

Makaryk, Irena R. “A Wartime Hamlet,” in Shakespeare in the Worlds of Communism and Socialism (see above).

Makaryk, Irena R. “Performance and Ideology: Shakespeare in 1920s Ukraine,” in Shakespeare in the Worlds of Communism and Socialism (see above).

Makaryk, I. R., “Shakespeare in Canada: A world elsewhere?” inShakespeare in Canada (see above).

Makaryk, I.R., “Heresies of Style: Some Paradoxes of Early Soviet Ukrainian Modernism,” Shakespeare and the Modern Theatre, eds. Michael Bristol and Kathleen McKluskie (London: Routledge, 2001), pp. 142-159.

Journal articles

Makaryk, Irena R. “'Brief candle'? Shakespeare in Afghanistan.”Multicultural Shakespeare: Translation, Appropriation, Performance 6 (21) / 7 (22) (2010): 81-113

Makaryk, Irena R. “The Perfect Production: Les Kurbas’s Analysis of the Early Soviet Audience,” Gramma: A Journal of Theory and Criticism.Special Issue on Shakespeare’s Audiences. Vol 15 (2007), 89-109.

Makaryk, Irena R. “’Calibans All = : Shakespeare at the Intersection of Colonialisms,” Multicultural Shakespeare (Lodz, Poland), vol. 1 (2004): 109-135.

Makaryk, Irena R. “Nichiina zemlia: Hamlet, L’viv, 1943.” [No-Man’s Land: Hamlet, Lviv, 1943] Zapysky Naukovoho Tovarystva imeni Shevchenka, teatral’na sekstsiia [Shevchenko Scientific Society, Theatre Section] 237 (Kyiv: 2004): 306-324.

Papers in refereed conference proceedings (selected)

Makaryk, Irena R. “ A Macbeth and the Birth of a Nation,” Elizabethan Theatre XV/XVI ( Waterloo), ed. A. Lynne Magnusson and C.E. McGee (Waterloo: P.D. Meany, 2002), pp. 1-22.

Recent graduate courses taught

  • Shakespeare and The Theatre of War (2012).
  • "Muse of Fire": Shakespeare and the Theatre of War (2009)
  • Worldwide Shakespeares (2009)
  • Hamlet and the Traditions of Renaissance Tragedy (2007)
  • Revisiting Character (2003)
  • "Something rich and strange": Shakespearean "Translations" (2003)
  • "Old Paradoxes": Re-assessing Feminist Criticism of Shakespeare (2001)

Graduate career supervisions

  • 4 MA, 9 PhD
  • 3 M.A.
  • 9 Ph.D.
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