The 1990s were a period of tremendous artistic vigour, experimentation, and liberation for Ukrainian culture. The artists who emerged at this time unleashed a tidal wave of creativity that deliberately and aggressively reshaped inherited models. In this first English monograph on contemporary Ukrainian literature, Mark Andryczyk provides an in-depth analysis of the cultural explosion that engulfed Ukraine in its first decade of independence. The Intellectual as Hero in 1990s Ukrainian Fiction weaves a fascinating narrative full of colourful characters by examining the prose of today's leading writers. Andryczyk delves into the role of the intellectual in forging a post-Soviet Ukrainian identity, and follows these protagonists as they soar and stumble in pursuit of redefining their creative realm. In addition to introducing readers to vibrant literary gems, this book explores the artistic tendencies that determined the course of the Ukrainian cultural scene in the 1990s, and continue to shape it today.
INTRODUCTION: Approaching the Post-Soviet Ukrainian Intellectual or the Word "Intellectual" Pronounced with a Ukrainian Accent PART ONE: EUPHORIA Chapter One: New Prototypes of the Ukrainian Intellectual in post-Soviet Ukrainian Prose - The Swashbuckling Performer Chapter Two: New Prototypes of the Ukrainian Intellectual in post-Soviet Ukrainian Prose - The Ambassador to the West Chapter Three: Deconstructive Revelry PART TWO: CHAOS Chapter Four: New Prototypes of the Ukrainian Intellectual in post-Soviet Ukrainian Prose - The Sick Soul Chapter Five: A Return to the Margins PART THREE: COMMUNITY Chapter Six: Agents of the Metaphysical Chapter Seven: A Community of Others CONCLUSION BIBLIOGRAPHY INDEX