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Nezhyvyi Î. ². Resilient Soul (dedicated to the 100th Anniversary of Professor Ivan Bilohub)

Nezhyvyi Î. ²., Candidate of Philological Sciences, Associate Professor, Department of Philological Disciplines, Luhansk Taras Shevchenko National University.

The article is dedicated to Ivan Mikhailovych Bilohub’s life and career as a professor who would be celebrating his 100th anniversary this year. Upon graduation from Kharkiv State University in 1934 with a major in Primary Education, he worked as a teacher of the secondary school No. 40 in Kharkiv and, since 1936, he started his career as a Ukrainian literature professor at Kharkiv Library Institute and as a junior research fellow at Taras Shevchenko Art Gallery. On April 29, 1937, he was persecuted for political reasons and sent to prison until October of 1946. He was rehabilitated on November 28, 1964 by the Supreme Court of the USSR due to the absence of the event of a crime. He, then, worked in Luhansk Taras Shevchenko State Pedagogical Institute at the Department of Ukrainian Literature from 1949 until July 1994 and, since 1971 until 1990, was the Chair of the Department. His research interests were focused on the history of the literary and artistic aspects of Luhansk area, leading to the initiation of a new academic course devoted to the study of regional literature as a part of the curriculum. He is the author of more than 70 scientific and semi-popular publications, 100 contributions and reviews in the periodicals. Prominent among them are Vohnem Promteya (With the Fire of Prometheus, 1960), Vasyl’ Fedchenko (1974), Bibliografichna karta pys’mennyka na urokakh ukrains’koyi literatury (Writer’s Bibliography Map in the Study of Ukrainian Literature, 1983), Literaturno-krayeznavcha Luhanshchyna (Literary and Regional Studies in Luhansk Region: part 1 – 1993, part 2 – 1994). A book of memoirs Nekrolog (Obituary) was published in 2000. One of the Regional Literature classes in Luhansk Taras Shevchenko National University is called Ivan Bilohub’s Artistic Heritage.

Key words: Ivan Bilohub as a theorist of literature, life and career, regional literature, literary regional ethnography, memoirs.


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    2. Arkhiv LNU imeni Tarasa Shevchenka. Osobova sprava L.M.Bilohuba [Archives of Luhansk Taras Shevchenko National University]. Personal data file of L. M. Bilohub. (ukr)
    3. Arkhiv Upravlinnya SBU v Kharkivs'kiy oblasti [Archives of the Security Service of Ukraine for Kharkiv Region]: criminal case of I. M. Bilohub. 158 p. (ukr)
    4. Bilohub I. M. Nekrolog [Obituary]: memoirs [composed, foreword by Î.². Nezhivyi]. Luhans’k: Shlyakh, 2000. 72 p. (ukr)
    5. Bilohub ². M. A tradytsiyi ye! [Eternal Traditions]. Donbas. 1963. No. 1. Pp. 126 – 131. (ukr)
    6. Bilohub ². Ì. Literaturno-krayeznavcha Luhanshchyna [Literary and Regional Studies in Luhansk Region]. Part 1. Luhansk, 1993. 68 p. (ukr)
    7. Bilohub ². Ì. Dar dushi i sertsya [Gift from Soul and Heart]. Yu. Yenenko. Slovo pro Kozaka Luhans’kio [About Cossack from Luhansk]. Luhansk: Svitlytsya. 1994. Pp. 5 – 8. (ukr)
    8. Bilohub ². Ì. Poema pro maystra ukrayins’koyi stseny [Poem about the Maestro of the Ukrainian Stage]. PraporPeremohy [TheBannerofVictory]. 1962. January, 27. (ukr)
    9. Bilohub ². Ì. Olesyu Goncharu – 50 let [On the Occasion of Oles’ Honchar’s 50th Anniversary]. Luganskaya Pravda [Luhansk Truth]. 1968. April, 3. (rus)
    10. Bilohub ². Ì. Postaty proty bezdukhovnosti [Rebellion against Spritual Desolation]. Molodohvardiyets’ [The Young Guard]. 1989. September, 15. (ukr)
    11. Bilohub ². Ì. Vidlunnya katorzhnykh lit [Echo of Katorga Years]. Molodohvardiyets’ [The Young Guard]. January 12, 1989. (ukr)

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