The Intellectual as Hero in 1990s Ukrainian Fiction

By Mark Andryczyk

© 2012

The 1990s were a period of tremendous artistic vigour, experimentation, and liberation for Ukrainian culture. The artists who emerged at this time unleashed a tidal wave of creativity that deliberately and aggressively reshaped inherited models. In this first English monograph on contemporary Ukrainian literature, Mark Andryczyk provides an in-depth analysis of the cultural explosion that engulfed Ukraine in its first decade of independence.

The Intellectual as Hero in 1990s Ukrainian Fiction weaves a fascinating narrative full of colourful characters by examining the prose of today's leading writers. Andryczyk delves into the role of the intellectual in forging a post-Soviet Ukrainian identity, and follows these protagonists as they soar and stumble in pursuit of redefining their creative realm. In addition to introducing readers to vibrant literary gems, this book explores the artistic tendencies that determined the course of the Ukrainian cultural scene in the 1990s, and continue to shape it today.

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The Intellectual as Hero in 1990s Ukrainian Fiction weaves a fascinating narrative full of colourful characters by examining the prose of today's leading writers.

The Intellectual as Hero in 1990s Ukrainian Fiction

By Mark Andryczyk

© 2012

The 1990s were a period of tremendous artistic vigour, experimentation, and liberation for Ukrainian culture. The artists who emerged at this time unleashed a tidal wave of creativity that deliberately and aggressively reshaped inherited models. In this first English monograph on contemporary Ukrainian literature, Mark Andryczyk provides an in-depth analysis of the cultural explosion that engulfed Ukraine in its first decade of independence.

The Intellectual as Hero in 1990s Ukrainian Fiction weaves a fascinating narrative full of colourful characters by examining the prose of today's leading writers. Andryczyk delves into the role of the intellectual in forging a post-Soviet Ukrainian identity, and follows these protagonists as they soar and stumble in pursuit of redefining their creative realm. In addition to introducing readers to vibrant literary gems, this book explores the artistic tendencies that determined the course of the Ukrainian cultural scene in the 1990s, and continue to shape it today.

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Product Details

  • World Rights
  • Page Count: 176 pages
  • Dimensions: 6.3in x 0.8in x 9.3in
  • Reviews

    ‘The only monograph in English dedicated in its entirety to contemporary Ukrainian literature. More are bound to follow, but Andryczyk’s study is more than worthy of its landmark status.’


    Uilleam Blacker
    Slavonic and East European Review; vol 91:02:2013

    ‘The book provides a reliable guide to some of the richest and most innovative works written in Ukrainian.&rsquo


    Myroslav Shkandrij, University of Manitoba
    Slavic Review, Vol. 72, No. 2 (SUMMER 2013), pp. 397-398

    ‘Andryczyk’s book will be of interest to scholars and students studying contemporary Ukrainian literature and various tendencies and developments that dominate the recent Ukrainian cultural scene.’


    Olha Tytarenko
    Slavic & East European Journal, vol 58:04:2014

    "The Intellectual as Hero in 1990s Ukrainian Fiction is an important study that reflects on Ukraine’s process of post-Soviet identity formation...To a contemporary audience, this study serves as a reminder of an era of experimental discursive freedom, a time that we reflect upon today with a great deal of nostalgia."


    Sasha Razor, University of California, Los Angeles
    Harvard Ukrainian Studies, vol 35:1-4
  • Author Information

    Mark Andryczyk obtained his PhD in Ukrainian Language and Literature from the University of Toronto.
  • Table of contents

    INTRODUCTION: Approaching the Post-Soviet Ukrainian Intellectual or the Word “Intellectual” Pronounced with a Ukrainian Accent

    PART ONE: EUPHORIA

    Chapter One: New Prototypes of the Ukrainian Intellectual in post-Soviet Ukrainian Prose  - The Swashbuckling Performer

    Chapter Two: New Prototypes of the Ukrainian Intellectual in post-Soviet Ukrainian Prose – The Ambassador to the West

    Chapter Three: Deconstructive Revelry

    PART TWO: CHAOS

    Chapter Four: New Prototypes of the Ukrainian Intellectual in post-Soviet Ukrainian Prose – The Sick Soul

    Chapter Five: A Return to the Margins

    PART THREE: COMMUNITY

    Chapter Six: Agents of the Metaphysical

    Chapter Seven: A Community of Others

    CONCLUSION

    BIBLIOGRAPHY

    INDEX

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