Volodymyr Vynnyčenko as Diarist, Historian and Writer. Literary narratives of the “Ukrainian Revolution”

Item Type Journal paper
Abstract Volodymyr Vynnyčenko portrayed the “Ukrainian Revolution” in four different literary genres: in his diary, in an historiographic epic, in a drama, and in a short novel. In each of these representations, another aspect prevails. The diary focuses on Vynnyčenko’s personal role in the Ukrainian nation-building project. The epic endows the failure of the independent Ukrainian state with a historiosophic necessity. The drama translates the social and national dilemmas in Ukraine into a family tragedy. The short novel portrays the hero not as an agent in history, but as an evolv- ing consciousness. Behind all four literary elaborations, a quite heterogeneous mix of philosophical sources can be observed. Vynnyčenko shares with Hegel the belief that every free nation should be in possession of a state. He follows Marx in his economic criticism of capitalist exploitation and his contempt for the bourgeoisie. Finally, he reveres Nietzsche for his concept of the irrational will and his appreciation of “great men” in history. It was clear for Vynnyčenko, that he himself was predes- tined to play an important role in history. However, he used his historiosophic musings in the four literary genres to prove an essential point: the failure of his Ukrainian project was not his personal shortcoming, but must be ascribed to the belated historical development of the Ukrainian nation.
Authors Schmid, Ulrich
Journal or Publication Title Studi Slavistici
Language English
Subjects cultural studies
political science
HSG Classification contribution to scientific community
HSG Profile Area SHSS - Kulturen, Institutionen, Maerkte (KIM)
Refereed Yes
Date 2018
Publisher Firenze University Press
Place of Publication Firenze
Volume 15
Number 2
Page Range 111-124
Number of Pages 14
ISSN 1824-761x
ISSN-Digital 1824-7601
Depositing User Dr. Oleksii Chebotarov
Date Deposited 28 Jan 2019 21:39
Last Modified 20 Jul 2022 17:37
URI: https://www.alexandria.unisg.ch/publications/256512


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Schmid, Ulrich (2018) Volodymyr Vynnyčenko as Diarist, Historian and Writer. Literary narratives of the “Ukrainian Revolution”. Studi Slavistici, 15 (2). 111-124. ISSN 1824-761x


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