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Representations of space in contemporary Ukrainian literature

Blacker, U.; (2011) Representations of space in contemporary Ukrainian literature. Doctoral thesis, UCL (University College London).

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Abstract

The thesis examines representations of space in Ukrainian literature from the late 1980s to the late 2000s. It argues that space in this period became an important preoccupation for Ukrainian writers. Representations of cities, architecture, regions, geopolitical spaces, the spaces of the home and of the body became common tropes through which authors tackled the pressing cultural and political issues of the era, and sought cultural and personal identity. The thesis discusses a wide range of leading contemporary Ukrainian authors, looking at their use of space and the aesthetic, cultural and political implications of this use. The thesis is divided into four chapters. The first focuses on the carnivalesque urban writing of the late 1980s and early 1990s, the second on postcolonial and post-Soviet space, the third on gendered space, and the final chapter on the relationship between time, space and text. The thesis argues that the preoccupation with space defined the way in which Ukrainian literature represented the world in the period in question, placing space as an equal and often privileged dimension over time. The second important consequence of this was the development of a spatial conception of text and language itself. The thesis demonstrates that in order to understand Ukrainian literature of the post-independence period, it is necessary to think of it in terms of space. It also argues that study of these texts can provide an understanding of space, both in literature and beyond it.

Type:Thesis (Doctoral)
Title:Representations of space in contemporary Ukrainian literature
Language:English
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UCL classification:UCL > School of Arts and Social Sciences > SSEES

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