The concept of a 'return to Europe' has been integral to the movement for Ukrainian national rebirth since the nineteenth century. While the goal of a more fully reformed politics remains elusive, numerous expressions of Ukrainian culture continue to develop in the European spirit. This wide-ranging book explores Ukraine's European cultural connection, especially as it has been reestablished since the country achieved independence in 1991. The contributors discusses many aspects of Ukraine's contemporary culture - history, politics, and religion in Part I; literary culture in Part II; and language, popular culture, and the arts in Part III. What emerges is a fascinating picture of a young country grappling with its divided past and its colonial heritage, yet asserting its voice and preferences amid the diverse and at times conflicting realities of the contemporary political scene. Europe becomes a powerful point of reference, a measure against which the situation in post-independence Ukraine is gouged and debated. This framework allows for a better understanding of the complexities deeply ingrained in the social fabric of Ukrainian society.
Table of Contents
Introduction: The Mapping of Ukraine. I. Mapping the Nation: History, Politics, and Religion 1. The Western Dimension of the Making of Modern Ukraine, Roman Szporluk 2. Cultural Faultlines and Political Cleavages, : The Legacy of History in Contemporary Ukraine Mykola Riabchuk 3. Ukraine's Road to Europe: A Still Controversial Issue, Giulia Lami 4. Finis Europae: Contemporary Ukraine's Conflicting Inheritances from the Humanistic "West" and the Byzantine "East" (A Triptych), Oxana Pachlovska 5. The Status of Religion in Ukraine and European Standards, Andrew Sorokowski 6. Missionaries and Pluralism: How the Law Changed the Religious Landscape in Ukraine, Catherine Wanner 7. The Future of Ukraine, If Values Determine the Course: What Opinion Polls Disclose About Public Attitudes on Political and Economic Issues, Elehie Skoczylas 8. Accountability for Human Rights Violations by Soviet and Other Communist Regimes and the Position of the Council of Europe Myroslava Antonovych 9. Collective Memory as a Device for Constructing a New Gender Myth, Marian Rubchak II. Reflecting Identities: The Literary Paradigm 10. Mirrors, Windows, and Maps: The Topology of Cultural Identification in Contemporary Ukrainian Literature, Maria Zubrytska 11. Cultural Perceptions, Mirror Images, and Western Identification in New Ukrainian Drama, Larissa M.L. Zaleska Onyshkevych 12. Ukrainian Avant-Garde Poetry Today: Bu-Ba-Bu and Others, Michael M. Naydan 13. Nativists vs. Westernizers : Problems of Cultural Identity in Ukrainian Literature of the 1990s, Ola Hnatiuk 14. Back to the Golden Age: The Discourse of Nostalgia in Galicia in the 1990s, Lydia Stefanowska 15. Symbols of Transformation: The Reflection of Ukraine's "Identity Shift" in Four Ukrainian Novels of the 1990s Marko R. Stech 16. Choosing a Europe: Andrukhovych, Izdryk, and the New Ukrainian Literature, Marko Pavlyshyn 17. Images of Bonding and Social Decay in Contemporary Ukrainian Prose: Reading Serhii Zhadan and Anatolii Dnistrovyi, Maxim Tarnawsky 18. Women's Literary Discourse and National Identity in Post-Soviet Ukraine, Maria G. Rewakowicz III. Manifesting Culture: Language, Media, and the Arts 19. The European Dimension Within the Current Controversy over the Ukrainian Language Standard, Serhii Vakulenko 20. Colonial Linguistic Reflexes in a Post-Soviet Setting: The Galician Variant of the Ukrainian Language and Anti-Ukrainian Discourse in Contemporary Internet Sources Michael Moser 21. Criticism and Confidence: Reshaping of the Linguistic Marketplace in Post-Soviet Ukraine, Laada Bilaniuk 22. Linguistic Strategies of Imperial Appropriation: Why Ukraine Is Absent from World Film History, Yuri Shevchuk 23. Ukraine's Changing Communicative Space: Destination Europe or the Soviet Past?, Marta Dyczok 24. Envisioning Europe: Ruslana's Rhetoric of Identity, Marko Pavlyshyn 25. Contemporary Ukrainian Art and the Twentieth Century Avant-Garde, Myroslav Shkandrij 26. "The Past Is My Beginning. . .": On the Future of Music in Ukraine Virko Baley