Anamorphosic Texts and Reconfigured Visions

Improvised Traditions in Contemporary Ukrainian and Irish Literature

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Anamorphosic Texts and Reconfigured Visions
Improvised Traditions in Contemporary Ukrainian and Irish Literature

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In Anamorphosic Texts, Maryna Romanets turns a discriminating lens on a still “liminal” Ukrainian cultural space and, through its relation to the experiences of one of the earliest decolonized nations, Ireland, puts it on the discursive postcolonial map, thereby destabilizing the paradigm of homogeneous Eurocentricity adopted by much postcolonial critique. Bringing together two peripheral European literatures, Romanets uses Irish and Ukrainian histories as a shared point of reference, charting an essentially untouched area of comparative typology in postcolonial cultural politics. Returning to the chiaroscuro terrain of respective nineteenth-century Revivalist movements, she projects their volatile energies onto contemporary struggles of the two cultures to represent their occluded, traumatic pasts and ever-evasive presents. In five linked essays, Romanets explores, in their sociocultural contexts, the works of Kostenko, Ní Dhomhnaill, Zabuzhko, Pokalchuk, Vynnychuk, Poderviansky, Longley, Heaney, Murphy, Carson, Montague, Banville, and Izdryk. She examines the ways these authors evoke the significatory powers of their traditions to forge imaginary ones; interrogate the boundaries and slippages among personal, national, social, gendered, and historical disjunctions; and make every history open to revision and contestation. Drawing on postcolonial, intertextual, representation, and gender theories, Anamorphosic Texts reveals the mechanisms of conversion whereby Ukrainian and Irish writers, by engaging in epistemic dialogues with their own traditions, colonial discourses, and multicultural influxes, devise political strategies of empowerment and enunciation.
The author

About the author

Maryna Romanets is an assistant professor of English at the University of Northern British Columbia, Canada. Her articles have appeared in Cahiers Victoriens & Edouardiens, Canadian Review of Comparative Literature, Canadian Journal of Irish Studies, Canadian Slavonic Papers, and as chapters in several books. She is currently working on a book project titled “Postcolonial ‘Erotomaniac’ Fictions and the Making of New Identities in Ukraine,” funded by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada.
Additional Information

Additional Information

Delivery time 2-3 Tage / 2-3 days
Author Maryna Romanets
Editor Andreas Umland
Number of pages 238
Language English
Publication date Sep 11, 2007
Weight (kg) 0.3380
ISBN-13 9783898215763