Lisa Grekul

Lisa Grekul

Dr. Lisa Grekul

Associate Professor, English
Faculty of Creative and Critical Studies
The University of British Columbia, Okanagan Campus
CCS 335, 1148 Research Road
Kelowna, BC V1V 1V7

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Originally from St. Paul, Alberta, Lisa Grekul has lived in Mbabane (Swaziland), Toronto, Edmonton, and Vancouver. She completed her B.A. (Hons) and M.A. degrees at the University of Alberta, and she holds a Ph.D. from the University of British Columbia . Lisa is a creative writer and a literary scholar whose research focuses on Canadian literature (minority/diasporic writers, in particular), other postcolonial literatures, and postcolonial theory.

Her first novel, Kalyna’s Song, published by Coteau in 2003, is the coming-of-age story of a third-generation Ukrainian Canadian girl who grows up in northeastern Alberta and southern Africa . Her second book, Leaving Shadows: Literature in English by Canada’s Ukrainians (University of Alberta, 2005), is a critical study of English-language Ukrainian Canadian poetry, drama, fiction, and creative non-fiction.

She is currently working on a SSHRC-funded book and film project, (Con)temporary Nomads: Canadian Autobiography and the Search for Home, which examines "homecoming" narratives by Canadians of Eastern European descent.


Postcolonial Imaginaries Contemporary Canadian and Diasporic Literature; Postcolonial/Diasporic Theory


Courses 2015-2016

ENGL 153 102  Readings in Narrative

ENGL 333A 001  Canadian Fiction

ENGL 470K 001  Post-Modern Canadian Fiction

I teach undergraduate and graduate courses in Canadian Literature. At the 200 and 300-level, I introduce students to “CanLit” from a broad range of genres, time periods, and regions; with attention to both “majoritized” and “minoritized” writing, I model and mobilize a variety of theoretical approaches to both the texts and their contexts. More directly in line with my research interests, my upper-level courses examine “minoritized” (multicultural, transcultural) literatures with emphasis on theories related to the politics of identity, nation, and diaspora.

Video (Lisa Grekul talks about ENGL 222)

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Unbound  University of Toronto Press (2016)  Edited by Lisa Grekul and Lindy Ledohowski

Unbound: Ukranian Canadians Writing Home  edited Lisa Grekul and Lindy Ledohowski

Kalyna's Song Coteau Press (2003) Shortlisted for the in Canada Best First Book Award (2003) Shortlisted for the Kobzar Literary Award (2006)

Lisa Grekul - Kalyna's Song

Leaving Shadows: Literature in English by Canada's Ukrainians University of Alberta Press (2005) Shortlisted for the Kobzar Literary Award (2008)

Lisa Grekul - Leaving Shadows