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Volyn and the Unperceived Ukrainian in the Work of Włodzimierz Odojewski

Blacker, U; (2019) Volyn and the Unperceived Ukrainian in the Work of Włodzimierz Odojewski. The Polish Review , 64 (2) pp. 94-103. 10.5406/polishreview.64.2.0094. Green open access

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Abstract

This article explores the representations of Ukrainians in the work of Włodzimierz Odojewski. Focusing on his trilogy of books set in Ukraine, Zasypie wszystko, zawieje . . ., Wyspa ocalenia and the earlier collection of stories, Zmierzch świata, the article considers Odojewski's representations of the Ukrainians, mainly peasants, among whom his Polish landowning protagonists live. The article identifies a purported preoccupation in Odojewski's work with trying to understand the motivations for the Ukrainians who participated in the horrific violence that erupted in what is today western Ukraine in 1943–44; yet at the same time, Odojewski's literary strategies consistently defer any understanding by rendering the Ukrainian characters in his work voiceless or imperceptible, reducing them to symbolic elements of a pre-existing Romantic martyrological discourse around the “kresy,” which ultimately precludes any deeper reflection on the experiences of the “other side” of the conflict.

Type: Article
Title: Volyn and the Unperceived Ukrainian in the Work of Włodzimierz Odojewski
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
DOI: 10.5406/polishreview.64.2.0094
Publisher version: https://www.jstor.org/stable/10.5406/polishreview....
Language: English
Additional information: This version is the author accepted manuscript. For information on re-use, please refer to the publisher’s terms and conditions.
UCL classification: UCL
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH > SSEES
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/10082211
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