Contemporary Ukraine On The Cultural Map Of Europe, 1st Edition

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  • ISBN-10: 0765624052
  • ISBN-13: 9780765624055
  • DDC: 947.708
  • Grade Level Range: College Freshman - College Senior
  • 504 Pages | eBook
  • Original Copyright 2009 | Published/Released April 2011
  • This publication's content originally published in print form: 2009

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The concept of a "return to Europe" has been integral to the movement for Ukrainian national rebirth since the nineteenth century. While the goal of a more fully reformed politics remains elusive, numerous expressions of Ukrainian culture continue to develop in the European spirit. This wide ranging book explores Ukraine's European cultural connection, especially as it has been reestablished since the country achieved independence in 1991. The contributors discuss many aspects of Ukraine's contemporary culture history, politics, and religion in Part I; literary culture in Part II; and language, popular culture, and the arts in Part III. What emerges is a fascinating picture of a young country grappling with its divided past and its colonial heritage, yet asserting its voice and preferences amid the diverse and at times conflicting realities of the contemporary political scene. Europe becomes a powerful point of reference, a measure against which the situation in post independence Ukraine is gauged and debated. This framework allows for a better understanding of the complexities deeply ingrained in the social fabric of Ukrainian society.

Table of Contents

Front Cover.
Half Title Page.
Title Page.
Copyright Page.
Introduction: The Mapping of Ukraine.
Ukraine on Historical Maps of Europe.
Other Frontmatter.
1: Mapping the Nation: History, Politics, and Religion.
2: The Western Dimension of the Making of Modern Ukraine.
3: Cultural Fault Lines and Political Divisions: The Legacy of History in Contemporary Ukraine.
4: Ukraine's Road to Europe: Still a Controversial Issue.
5: Finis Europae: Contemporary Ukraine's Conflicting Inheritances from the Humanistic “West” and the Byzantine “East” (A Triptych).
6: The Status of Religion in Ukraine in Relation to European Standards.
7: Missionaries and Pluralism: How the Law Changed the Religious Landscape in Ukraine.
8: The Future of Ukraine If Values Determine the Course: What Opinion Polls Disclose About Public Attitudes on Political and Economic Issues.
9: Accountability for Human Rights Violations by Soviet and Other Communist Regimes and the Position of the Council of Europe.
10: Collective Memory as a Device for Constructing a New Gender Myth.
11: Reflecting Identities: The Literary Paradigm.
12: Mirrors, Windows, and Maps: The Topology of Cultural Identification in Contemporary Ukrainian Literature.
13: Cultural Perceptions, Mirror Images, and Western Identification in New Ukrainian Drama.
14: Ukrainian Avant-Garde Poetry Today: Bu-Ba-Bu and Others.
15: Nativists versus Westernizers: Problems of Cultural Identity in Ukrainian Literature of the 1990s1.
16: Back to the Golden Age: The Discourse of Nostalgia in Galicia in the 1990s.
17: Symbols of Transformation: The Reflection of Ukraine's “Identity Shift” in Four Ukrainian Novels of the 1990s.
18: Choosing a Europe: Andrukhovych, Izdryk, and the New Ukrainian Literature.
19: Images of Bonding and Social Decay in Contemporary Ukrainian Prose: Reading Serhii Zhadan and Anatolii Dnistrovy.
20: Women's Literary Discourse and National Identity in Post-Soviet Ukraine.
21: Manifesting Culture: Language, Media, and the Arts.
22: The European Dimension Within the Current Controversy Over the Ukrainian Language Standard.
23: Colonial Linguistic Reflexes in a Post-Soviet Setting: The Galician Variant of the Ukrainian Language and Anti-Ukrainian Discourse in Contemporary Internet Sources.
24: Criticism and Confidence: Reshaping the Linguistic Marketplace in Post-Soviet Ukraine.
25: Linguistic Strategies of Imperial Appropriation: Why Ukraine Is Absent from World Film History.
26: Ukraine's Changing Communicative Space: Destination Europe or the Soviet Past?.
27: Envisioning Europe: Ruslana's Rhetoric of Identity.
28: Contemporary Ukrainian Art and the Twentieth Century Avant-Garde.
29: “The Past Is my Beginning …”: On the Recent Music Scene in Ukraine.
About the Editors.
About the Authors.
About the Translator.