Ireneusz Szarycz

Ireneusz S.

Office: ML 314

Phone: 519.888.4567, x33393


Education: PhD Ottawa



An expert in Russian folklore and contemporary Russian literature, Professor Szarycz has supervised theses on Old Russian literature as well as literature of the 1920s, 1960s, and the Glasnost period. Dr. Szarycz also has an ancillary interest in Polish literature. He has recently published on Russian fairy tales.

Recent Publications/ Presentations


  • “Valentin Kataev.” In Encyclopedia of Literature and Politics. 3 Vols. Ed. Booker, M. Keith. Vol. 2 (Greenwood: Westport, 2005), 396.
  • In Russian: “Tema rasizma v rasskazie Mikhaila Smolianitskogo ‘Deti Festivalei’” (The Theme of Racism in Mikhail Smolianitskii’s Short Story ‘Children of Festivals’). In Problemy wspólczesnej komparatystyki (Issues of Contemporary Comparative Studies). (Poznan: UAM, 2004), 195-204.


  • “The Motif of a Superfluous Man in Russian Literature: Yury Olesha’s Envy.” In Problemy izucheniia i prepodavaniia russkogo iazyka i literatury (Problems of Studying and Teaching the Russian Language and Literature), The International Internet-Conference, May 2004. Proceedings and Materials (Moscow: Moscow State Forest University, 2004), 381-386.


  • Russian (RUSS) 101, 102 (also by Distance Education )
  • Polish (POLSH) 101, 102, 201, 202
  • Russian and Eastern European Studies (REES) 271 / 272 Russian Thought and Culture
  • REES 220 Russian Folklore
  • Nineteenth Century Russian Literature
  • Twentieth Century Russian Literature
  • RUSS 600: Methods of Research

Recent Theses/ Dissertations Supervised


  • KILFOY, Dennis: When and Where? Time and Space in Boris Akunin's Azazel' and Turetskii gambit.
    Co-supervised with: R. Karpiak and I. Szarycz


  • GILL, Justine: Nina Iskrenko: The Poetics of Engendering Gender.


  • PIEKIELSKA, Sylwia: Poetics of Liudmila Petrushevskaia's Bessmertnaia liubov's (Immortal Love).


  • KAZANECKI, Natalie: Alekander Solzhenitsyn's "Honest Realism" and His Novel One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich.


  • STAHL, Julia: The Role of Money in Dostoevsky's Philosophy: The Gambler and The Brothers Karamazov.
  • DUSKO, Agata: Evil and Grace: Kharms's Sluchai and Poetics of Redemption.

Professional Activities

Current Memberships:

  • Member of the Editorial Board of Germano-Slavica , a Canadian Journal of Germanic and Slavic Comparative and Interdisciplinary Studies.
  • Professional membership: Canadian Association of Slavists; University of Waterloo Faculty Association


  • Associate Chair, Undergraduate Affairs


  • Associate Chair, Undergraduate Affairs

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