Maria Rewakowicz, affiliate faculty in the Department of Slavic Languages & Literatures, has won ASEEES' 2019 Omeljan Pritsak Book Prize in Ukrainian Studies for her book Ukraine's Quest for Identity: Embracing Cultural Hybridity in Literary Imagination, 1991-2011. The first study to look at the literary process in post-independence Ukraine, Rewakowicz comprehensively draws the connection between literary production and identity construction. Examining major works of literature produced in Ukraine during the first two decades after independence, she situates the post-independence literary process within a grid of specific contexts, focusing especially on how regionalism, gender and language issues, as well as social marginalization and popular culture, are reflected in literary works following the collapse of the Soviet Union.
The Omeljan Pritsak Book Prize in Ukrainian Studies, established in 2019 and sponsored by the Ukrainian Research Institute at Harvard University, recognizes a distinguished book in the field of Ukrainian studies that was published in the previous calendar year. The Pritsak Prize carries a cash award and is presented annually at the ASEEES Annual Convention.
The primary founder of Harvard’s Ukrainian Research Institute and the first Mykhailo S. Hrushevs’kyi Professor of Ukrainian History at Harvard, Omeljan Pritsak was an esteemed scholar of broad scope and erudition, who treated Ukrainian history and culture in close connection with the history and culture of its neighbors.