Ryerson University

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anastasiya.lyubas@mlc.ryerson.ca

Anastasiya Lyubas is completing her Ph.D. in the Department of Comparative Literature at Binghamton University (defense October 10, 2018), having previously completed an M.A. in Comparative Literature and a Translation Certificate at Binghamton University with the support of a Fulbright grant, and a BA in English Language and Literature at Lviv National University, Ukraine. Her doctoral work, supported by a research fellowship from the Institute for Advanced Studies in the Humanities, uncovers and examines the oeuvre of Debora Vogel, a key yet unrecognized figure in the constellation of Yiddish and Polish modernity, by opening an inquiry into the questions of multiplicity of style across literature, philosophy, and visual arts. Anastasiya is a Visiting Research Fellow at the MLC Research Centre, and in addition to her own scholarly pursuits, she is engaged in digital and material archival collections preservation and management.

Doctoral Research Statement

Lyubas, Anastasiya. “Language and Plasticity in Debora Vogel’s Modernist Poetics.” Comparative Literature Doctoral Program. Binghamton University (SUNY), defense October 10, 2018.

This project argues that Vogel’s poetic and aesthetic system is a site of plasticity: it folds life into art, reflects on the limit shared between poetry and philosophy, and retraces the questions of literature, truth, and representation through figuring the fictional and the speculative as interchangeably essential and accidental. It presents a rethinking of literary history of Modernism and the study of visual cultures to date, through mapping unexplored connections within smaller circles of Yiddish and Polish modernists, as well as larger networks of the Euro-American avant-garde.

Peer-Reviewed Publications

Books

Lyubas, Anastasiya. Debora Vogel’s Essays, Reviews and Polemic Around her Work (annotated translations from Yiddish and Polish into Ukrainian, and a scholarly introduction). Kyiv: Dukh i Litera Academic Publishing House, Spring 2019. Book.

Articles

Lyubas, Anastasiya. “Still Born/Born, Still: Debora Vogel’s Literary Montage and Poetics of Cold Stasis.” Prooftexts. A Journal of Jewish Literary History (2019). Article.

Lyubas, Anastasiya. “Lviv Re-fashioned: the Canvas of Translation/Mistranslation in a Contemporary City.” Special Issue on Spaces and Places of Translation. Translation: A Transdisciplinary Journal, edited by Sherry Simon and Federico Montanari (2019). Article.

Lyubas, Anastasiya. “Debora Vogel.” The Routledge Encyclopedia of Modernism. London: Routledge, 2016. Encyclopedia entry.

Reviews

Lyubas, Anastasiya. “Debora Vogel’s Die Geometrie des Verzichts [The Geometry of Renunciation].” Geveb: a Journal of Yiddish Studies (March 2018). Read the review.

Lyubas, Anastasiya. “Debora Vogel’s Day Figures. Mannequins, translated from Yiddish into Ukrainian by Yurko Prokhasko”. Krytyka (March 2016). Read the article in Ukrainian or English.

Translations

Lyubas, Anastasiya. “Debora Vogel’s ‘Glazier’ Poem.” Short-listed finalist for the Gabo Prize for Translation of Multilingual Texts. Spring/Summer 2018 issue. Read the translation.

Lyubas, Anastasiya. “Debora Vogel. Excerpts from Day Figures Collection.” The Pakn Treger Translation Issue (Summer 2018). Read the translation.

Lyubas, Anastasiya. “Debora Vogel. Excerpts from Day Figures Collection.” InTranslation at The Brooklyn Rail (March 2018). Read the translation.

Lyubas, Anastasiya. “Debora Vogel. Excerpts from the Day Figures Collection.” The Stockholm Review of Literature (March 2018). Read the translation.

Lyubas, Anastasiya. “Debora Vogel. Excerpts from Acacias Bloom.” Yiddish Book Center’s Pakn Treger Translation Issue (April 2017). Read the translation.

The Great War in Literature and Visual Culture

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The Great War in Literature and Visual Culture

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Elsa von Freytag-Loringhoven

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Elsa von Freytag-Loringhoven

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Modernism in the World

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Modernism in the World

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Lucy Maud Montgomery

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Lucy Maud Montgomery

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Canadian Modernism

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Canadian Modernism

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Modernist Biography and Life Writing

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Modernist Biography and Life Writing

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