Nikolai Gogol: Performing Hybrid Identity

By Yuliya Ilchuk

© 2021

One of the great writers of the nineteenth century, Nikolai Gogol was born and raised in Ukraine before he was lionized and canonized in Russia. The ambiguities within his subversive, ironic works are matched by those that surround the debate over his national identity. This book presents a completely new assessment of the problem: rather than adopting the predominant "either/or" perspective – wherein Gogol is seen as either Ukrainian or Russian – it shows how his cultural identity was a product of negotiation with imperial and national cultural codes and values. By examining Gogol’s ambivalent self-fashioning, language performance, and textual practices, this book shows how Gogol played with both imperial and local sources of identity and turned his hybridity into a project of subtle cultural resistance.

Ilchuk provides a comprehensive account of assimilation and hybridization of Ukrainians in the Russian empire, arguing that Russia’s imperial culture has depended on Ukraine and the participation of Ukrainian intellectuals in its development. Ilchuk also introduces innovative computer-assisted methods of textual analysis to demonstrate the palimpsest-like quality of Gogol’s texts and national identity.

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This innovative study of one of the most important writers of Russian Golden Age literature argues that Gogol adopted a deliberate hybrid identity to mimic and mock the pretensions of the dominant culture.

Nikolai Gogol: Performing Hybrid Identity

By Yuliya Ilchuk

© 2021

One of the great writers of the nineteenth century, Nikolai Gogol was born and raised in Ukraine before he was lionized and canonized in Russia. The ambiguities within his subversive, ironic works are matched by those that surround the debate over his national identity. This book presents a completely new assessment of the problem: rather than adopting the predominant "either/or" perspective – wherein Gogol is seen as either Ukrainian or Russian – it shows how his cultural identity was a product of negotiation with imperial and national cultural codes and values. By examining Gogol’s ambivalent self-fashioning, language performance, and textual practices, this book shows how Gogol played with both imperial and local sources of identity and turned his hybridity into a project of subtle cultural resistance.

Ilchuk provides a comprehensive account of assimilation and hybridization of Ukrainians in the Russian empire, arguing that Russia’s imperial culture has depended on Ukraine and the participation of Ukrainian intellectuals in its development. Ilchuk also introduces innovative computer-assisted methods of textual analysis to demonstrate the palimpsest-like quality of Gogol’s texts and national identity.

Continue Reading Read Less

Product Details

  • World Rights
  • Page Count: 284 pages
  • Illustrations: 6
  • Dimensions: 6.3in x 0.8in x 9.3in
  • Reviews

    "Yuliya Ilchuk takes Gogol seriously as an astute and autonomous agent. This book is fresh and original and will open up new horizons in Gogol studies."


    Susanne Fusso, Department of Russian, East European, and Eurasian Studies, Wesleyan University

    "Yuliya Ilchuk’s knowledge of the history of Gogol’s texts and their editing, their language(s), and their reception(s) is truly impressive – she is one of very few specialists in these important and under-researched areas. Her book is a major contribution to our understanding of the colonial subject Gogol. It stands out from all the recent scholarly writing on Gogol, by Westerners and Slavs alike."


    Robert Romanchuk, Department of Modern Languages & Linguistics, Florida State University

    "This monograph is a timely contribution to the field of Gogol studies, and more generally, to scholarship on the so-called golden age of Russian literature as well as on colonial cultural and social conditions that shaped the development of modern Ukrainian literature. Yuliya Ilchuk provides a new approach to Gogol’s peculiar place in Russian literature – both central and marginalized, instrumental and subversive – that of cultural and linguistic hybridity."


    Taras Koznarsky, Department of Slavic Languages and Literatures, University of Toronto
  • Author Information

    Yuliya Ilchuk is an assistant professor of Slavic Literature and Culture at Stanford University.
  • Table of contents

    Acknowledgments
    Note on Transliteration
    List of Illustrations

    Introduction

    1. The Negotiation of Ukrainian Identities in the Russian Empire
    2. Gogol’s Self-Fashioning and Performance of Identity in the 1830s
    3. Hybrid Language and Narrative Performance in Evenings on a Farm Near Dikan′ka 
    4. Heteroglossia, Speech Masks, and the Synthesis of Languages
    5. Gogol’s Texts as Palimpsest: Taras Bulba and Dead Souls 
    6.  The Posthumous Publications and Translations of Gogol’s Texts   

    Afterword
    Notes
    Appendix
    Bibliography
    Index

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