Ukrainian Women Writers and the National Imaginary: From the Collapse of the USSR to the Euromaidan

By Oleksandra Wallo

© 2020

Since the collapse of the Soviet Union, the Ukrainian literary world has not only experienced a true blossoming of women’s prose, but has also witnessed a number of female authors assume the roles of literary trendsetters and authoritative critics of their culture. In this first in-depth study of how Ukrainian women’s prose writing was able to re-emerge so powerfully after being marginalized in the Soviet era, Oleksandra Wallo examines the writings and literary careers of leading contemporary Ukrainian women authors, such as Oksana Zabuzhko, Ievheniia Kononenko, and Maria Matios. Her study shows how these women reshaped literary culture with their contributions to the development of the Ukrainian national imaginary in the wake of the Soviet state’s disintegration.

The interjection of women’s voices and perspectives into the narratives about the nation has often permitted these writers to highlight the diversity of the national picture and the complexity of the national story. Utilizing insights from postcolonial and nationalism studies, Wallo’s book theorizes the interdependence between the national imaginary and narrative plots, and scrutinizes how prominent Ukrainian women authors experimented with literary form in order to rewrite the story of women and nationhood.

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  • Page Count: 240 pages
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By writing of Ukrainian national identity from a woman-centered perspective, female authors from the last Soviet generation established themselves as authoritative critics of their culture and paved the way to visibility and success for their younger female literary peers.

Ukrainian Women Writers and the National Imaginary: From the Collapse of the USSR to the Euromaidan

By Oleksandra Wallo

© 2020

Since the collapse of the Soviet Union, the Ukrainian literary world has not only experienced a true blossoming of women’s prose, but has also witnessed a number of female authors assume the roles of literary trendsetters and authoritative critics of their culture. In this first in-depth study of how Ukrainian women’s prose writing was able to re-emerge so powerfully after being marginalized in the Soviet era, Oleksandra Wallo examines the writings and literary careers of leading contemporary Ukrainian women authors, such as Oksana Zabuzhko, Ievheniia Kononenko, and Maria Matios. Her study shows how these women reshaped literary culture with their contributions to the development of the Ukrainian national imaginary in the wake of the Soviet state’s disintegration.

The interjection of women’s voices and perspectives into the narratives about the nation has often permitted these writers to highlight the diversity of the national picture and the complexity of the national story. Utilizing insights from postcolonial and nationalism studies, Wallo’s book theorizes the interdependence between the national imaginary and narrative plots, and scrutinizes how prominent Ukrainian women authors experimented with literary form in order to rewrite the story of women and nationhood.

Continue Reading Read Less

Product Details

  • World Rights
  • Page Count: 240 pages
  • Dimensions: 6.0in x 1.0in x 9.0in
  • Author Information

    Oleksandra Wallo is an assistant professor of Ukrainian at the University of Kansas.
  • Table of contents

    Introduction: Women, Literature, and the National Imaginary in (Post)colonial Ukraine

    1. On the Invisibility of Ukrainian Women’s Writing in the Soviet Empire
    2. How Can a Ukrainian Woman Write?
    3. Voicing the Self: The First Ukrainian Bestseller by a Woman Writer
    4. Rewriting the Nation: National Narratives by Maria Matios and Ievheniia Kononenko
    5. Excavating the (Gendered) Nation: Oksana Zabuzhko’s Museum-Novel
    6. New National Chronicles: Women (Writers) on the Euromaidan

    Conclusion

    Bibliography

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