Assoc. Prof. Yordan Lyutskanov, PhD

In 2019 Yordan Lyutskanov (Jordan Ljuckanov) had the book “Peyo Yavorov. Armenians; Homeland; Refugees; Exiles: [collection of] translations” – designed and compiled by him, and dedicated to the centenary of the First Armenian Republic, the 140th anniversary of Yavorov’s death and the 2800th anniversary of the foundation of Yerevan/Erebuni – published (300 pages; Boyan Penev Publishing Center; ISBN 978-619-7372-13-7).

As a scholar, he is interested in:

- Russian literary modernism, incl. issues of intermediality;

- Russian émigré culture of the 1920s – early 1940s;

- Eurocentrism in the European periphery and margins, incl. history of Bulgarian collective identity since the mid-nineteenth century;

- Comparative Literature, esp. of the Black Sea region;

- Georgian [Kartvelian] Studies (esp. literature);

- historical geography of ‘Ciscaucasia=Southern slope of Great Caucasus and adjacent territories’ [He is among the dissenters to the widespread misattribution which gives priority to a Northern (in particular, the Russian) geopolitical perspective on the region over the indigenous and over the Balkan / post-Byzantine / post-Ottoman ones] and of the Armenian Highlands;

- ‘de-colonisation’ beyond the North Atlantic – Global South axis;

- self-reflexivity of scholarship, esp. (non)awareness / (non)recognition of geo-cultural situatedness / conditionedness of scholarly repertoire;

- ‘Byzantium after Byzantium’;

- poetics of newspaper;

- Dmitry Merezhkovsky.


1 “Русская литература на грани экфрасиса: синэстетичность эпифании как показатель культурной родословной” [‘Russian literature on the verge of ekphrasis: synaesthetism of epiphany as indicator of cultural genealogy’; in Russian], Wiener Slawistischer Almanach 71, 2013, 69-132;

2 Блаженные спутники: монументальная уединенность, колебание, „классика” и „маньеризм“ в ранних русском и болгарском модернизмах [Blessed Companions: Monumental Solitude, Hesitation, “Classics” and “Mannerists” within Early Russian and Bulgarian Modernisms], Slavia 85 (2016), 1, 30-46;

3 “‘Texts Worth (Not) Editing’. Critical Edition as an Aesthetic Symptom of Cultural Change (Two Bulgarian Cases)”, Studi Slavistici 13 (2016), 143-165;

4 “‘К чонгури’ Николоза Бараташвили: ритм оригинала и трех переводов” [‘“To chonguri” by N. Baratashvili: the rhythm of the original and of three translations’; in Russian], Sjani 20 (2019), 2, 210-245;

5 The Russian émigré community in Interwar Bulgaria: attempt at a typology of transformations, with focus on the “aestheticization” of newspaper, Convivium: Exchanges and Interactions in the Arts of Medieval Europe, Byzantium, and the Mediterreanean, 7 (2020), Supplementum, 101-120.

Co-edited volumes, journal thematic issues and blocks:

6 Russian Classical Literature Today: The Challenges/Trials of Messianism and Mass-Culture, co-edited with H. Manolakev and R. Rusev, Newcastle upon Tyne, Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2014;

7 Small Literatures, Big Literatures and the Global Market: Translation and Communication as a Gift, comp. and ed. Jordan Ljuckanov and Giovanna Brogi Bercoff, Studi Slavistici 11 (2014), 209-317;

8 [Литературоведческая русистика: самосознание, геокультурная вариабельность, границы профессии], ред. и сост. Йордан Люцканов, Мария Литовская, Александр Медведев, Нина Барковская, Toronto Slavic Quarterly 53 (Summer 2015), [‘Studies in Russian literature: Self-reflection, geo-cultural variability, and the limits of vocation’, co-edited with M. Litovskaya, A. Medvedev and N. Barkovskaya; in Russian],;

9 Д. С. Мережковский: литератор, религиозный философ, социальный экспериментатор, ред. и сост. Нина Барковская, Людмила Луцевич, Йордан Люцканов и Александр Медведев [‘Dmitry Merezhkovsky: litterateur, religious philosopher, social experimentator’, co-edited with N. Barkovskaya, L. Lucewicz and A. Medvedev; in Russian], Toronto Slavic Quarterly 57 (Summer 2016),;

10 Heteroeuropeanisations: (In)capacity to Stay Marginal, coedited with Benedikts Kalnačs and Gaga Shurgaia, (Università degli studi di Napoli “L’Orientale”, Dipartamento di Asia, Africa e Mediterraneo; ISMEO – Associazione Internazionale di Studi sul Mediterraneo e l’Oriente , Serie Orientale Roma: Series Minor, ISSN 1824-6109, [vol.] XCII; UniorPress, ISBN 978-88-6719-183-3, forthcoming