Voshchenko O. Counter-discourse of Ukrainian Socialist Realism Literature of 1950s–1970s

Українська версія

Thesis for the degree of Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)

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  • 035 - Гуманітарні науки. Філологія


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Borys Grinchenko Kyiv University


The thesis focuses on the analysis of trends in Ukrainian literature of the 1930s–1980s in terms of official socialist-realist discourse and national counterdiscourse. The focus of the observation is the 1950s and 1970s as a time of formation and functioning of a systematic and conscious discourse of resistance to socialist-realist doctrine in Ukrainian literary practices. For the first time in Ukrainian socialist-realist studies, a discursive/counterdiscursive approach is tested. As a tool for analyzing a large array of mostly prose of the 1930s and 1980s, it made it possible to build a holistic vision of Ukrainian literature of the Soviet period. Thus, the study provides grounds to consider the application of discursive/counter-discursive approach to the socialist-realist studies productive, and therefore worthy of the further use in the paradigm of modern literary criticism.


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