Leonid D. Rudnytzky

Official Title: 
Professor of Ukrainian Studies

Professor of Germanic and Slavic Literatures at La Salle University (1960-1998) and Director and Founder of the University's Central and East European Studies Program (1990-99). Received the Lindback Award for Distinguished Teaching at La Salle, 1966; Professor Emeritus since 1998.  Rector of the Ukrainian Free University of Munich (1998-2004).      

  • BA (German) La Salle College, Philadelphia ,1958
  • MA (German) University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, 1960
  • Ph.D. (Comparative Literature) Ukrainian Free University, Munich, 1965
  • Dr. habil. (Comparative Literature) St. Clement Pope Ukrainian Catholics

Honorary Degrees from the following institutions:

  • Holy Family University, Philadelphia, l991 
  • Ivan Franko National University, Lviv, Ukraine, 1999
  • Forestry Engineering University, Lviv, Ukraine, 2000
  • Vasyl’ Stefanyk State University, Ivano-Frankivsk, Ukraine,2001
  • National Linguistic University, Kyiv, Ukraine, 2002
  • Dragomanov State University, Kyiv, Ukraine, 2003
  • The National University of “Ostroh Academy,” Ostroh, Ukraine, 2006
Selected Publications: 

  • The Ukrainian Catholic Church: 1945-1975, A Symposium , St. Sophia Religious Association of Ukrainian Catholics, Philadelphia, 1976, 162 pp. (Co-editor).
  • “Ukrainian Literature” in: Modern Slavic Literatures, Vol. II, pages 448-532, Frederick Ungar Publishing Company, New York, 1976.
  • Dictionary of Ukrainian Synonyms by A. Bahmet, Shevchenko Scientific Society, New York, 1982, Vol. I, 465 pp.  (Co-editor).
  • Literary Currents after World War II., Shevchenko Scientific  Society, New York--Philadelphia 1982, Vol. 195 (Co-editor).
  • “Russian, Czech, Hungarian, and Polish Dramatists”, in: Major Modern Dramatists, Frederick  Ungar Publishing Company, New York, 1986, vol. II, 370-558 pp.
  • The Cathedral. A Novel by  Oles’ Honchar, Translated, edited, and with an Introduction by L. Rudnytzky.  St. Sophia, Philadelphia., 1989, 308 pp.
  • Jubiläumssammelwerk der Beiträge des Wissenschaftlichen Kongresses zum Millennium des Christentums in der Ukraine, Ukrainian Free University, Munich, 1989, 1002 pp. (Co-editor).
  • Mykhailo Hrushevs’kyi, Shevchenko Scientific Society, Lviv, 1994, 487 pp. (Co-editor).
  • A Collection of Essays in Memory of Hryhor Luzhnyts’kyi, Shevchenko Scientific Society, Lviv, 1996, 357 pp. (Co-editor).
  • Faith and Hope: The Kyivan Church in Union with Rome, 1596-1996, St Sophia Association, Philadelphia, 1997, 144 pp. (An Album published in three separate editions: Ukrainian, English and Polish.)
  • The Heart as a Living Source. An Anthology of Poetry Dedicated to  Patriarch Joseph Slipyj, “Nova Zoria,” Ivano-Frankivsk, Ukraine,  2000, 174 pp. (in Ukrainian, Editor).
  • Ivan Franko and German Literature Ukrainisches Technisch-Wirtschaftliches Institut, 1974, Munich, 225 pages, (Ukrainian text with German summary). A revised and supplemented second edition was published by the Shevchenko Scientific Society, Lviv, Ukraine, 2002. 238 pp.
  • German Romantic Thinkers: An Anthology, “Lileya,” Ivano-Frankivsk, Ukraine, 2003, 580 pp. ( in Ukrainian, Co-editor).
  • Ivan Kotljarevs’kyj.  Aeneida (A Translation of the Ukrainian Classic into German), Ludwig-Maximilian University and Ukrainian Free University, Munich, 2003, 242 pp. (Co-editor).
  • “Caroline Newton und George W. Hallgarten: Erinnerungen an Thomas Mann zwischen Bayern und Amerika“ in Thomas Mann in München II, Dirk Heisserer, ed., peniope, Munich, 2004,  107-164 pp.
  • Author of numerous articles on German-Ukrainian literary relations, on the Ukrainian writer Ivan Franko (1856-1916), and on twentieth century Ukrainian Church history.
  • From 1984 to 1993 worked on Encyclopedia of World Literature in the 20th Century, 5 vols., Frederick Ungar Publishing (Continuum), New York. Served on the Board of Advisers to thisEncyclopedia for Russian and Ukrainian literatures; co-authored the survey article on Lusatian literature and wrote numerous entries on various Ukrainian and Russian writers and the survey article on Ukrainian literature. Contributor to several Ukrainian encyclopedias

Courses Taught: 
  • SLAV590 Elementary Ukrainian I:  Offered through the Penn Language Center. An introduction to the fundamentals of the Ukrainian language, acquisition of conversational, reading and writing skills.
  • SLAV591 Elementary Ukrainian II:  Prerequisite: SLAV590 or placement exam.  Offered through the Penn Language Center.  A continuation of SLAV590.
  • SLAV592 Intermediate Ukrainian I:  Prerequisite: SLAV591 or placement exam. Offered through the Penn Language Center. Emphasis on vocabulary building, conversation and reading skills. Grammar review.
  • SLAV593 Intermediate Ukrainian II:  Prerequisite: SLAV592 or placement exam.  Offered through the Penn Language Center.  A continuation of SLAV592.
  • SLAV594 Advanced Ukrainian I:  Prerequisite: SLAV593 or placement exam.  Offered through the Penn Language Center.  Linguistic proficiency and stylistic refinement developed through readings and discussions of Ukrainian 19th century literature. 
  • SLAV595 Advanced Ukrainian II:  Prerequisite: SLAV594 or placement exam. Offered through the Penn Language Center. Linguistic proficiency and stylistic refinement developed through readings and discussions of Ukrainian 20th century literature. 
Other Affiliations: 
  • Visiting Professor for Ukrainian Language at St. Joseph’s College, Philadelphia, PA, 1975/76.
  • Visiting Professor for Ukrainian Literature at Harvard University, Cambridge, Mass., 1976.
  • Permanent appointment to St. Clement University, Rome, Italy, 1974.
  • Permanent appointment to the Ukrainian Free University, Munich, Germany, 1975.
  • Visiting Professor for Ukrainian at the Penn Language Center, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA 1989 –97, and 2004-
  • Visiting Professor for Ukrainian literature at the University of Vienna, Austria, 2002-03.
  • Visiting Professor for Ukrainian literature at the Ludwig-Maximilian University, Munich, Germany, 1999-2004.