Post-war years of life of Bukovinian rusyns in epistolary of Olha Kobylianska

Драч, Оксана Олександрівна (2019) Post-war years of life of Bukovinian rusyns in epistolary of Olha Kobylianska Русин, 57 (2). pp. 420-436. ISSN 2345-1149


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Productive mastering of the subject space of the ego-history is one of the most crucial tasks of historical writing in relation to the study of the past of the socio-cultural practice of the individual. The basis of our study has become the publication of 12 letters of O. Kobylianska for the period from 1918 to 1932, addressed to the figures of the UPR (Nikita Shapoval and his wife Olga Shapoval, Pavlo Bogatsky). These letters are kept in the funds of the Central State Achieves of Higher Bodies of Ukraine. The study of Bukovinian writer’s epistolary was aimed to reveal the conditions and circumstances of life of local Ukrainians in the interwar period. Joining of Bukovina the Kingdom of Romania led to Romanization in the region. O. Kobylianska, who was already recognized as part of the Ukrainian literary canon and lived in Chernivtsi, became a symbol of the national survival of local Ukrainians. Reflection of everyday routine in correspondence is rendered by the author through the prism of significance and acuity for the elderly writer, the general background of which is the constant rethinking of the general Ukrainian case. Analysis of Kobylianska’s collection of letters reveals helplessness to life circumstances, such as high prices and lack of food, lack of own housing and living at relatives’ homes, cold homes, lack of reliable source of income and life in debt, brokerage exchange deals, deterioration of health and long lasting informational vacuum concerning relatives and friends. The lonely sick writer survived due to significant support of local Ukrainians, as well as financial support and assistance with publishing projects, provided by Ukrainians living abroad. In the correspondence of O. Kobylianska, there is a motive of control of outgoing information (both own information and the information of the recipients) as signs of non-freedom of the public atmosphere in sub-Romanian Bukovina.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Olha Kobylianska; epistolary; Chernivtsi; sub-Romanian Bukovina; interwar period; Ukrainians; everyday life.
Subjects: Статті у наукометричних базах > Web of Science
Divisions: Факультети > Історико-філософський факультет > Кафедра всесвітньої історії
Depositing User: професор Оксана Олександрівна Драч
Date Deposited: 11 Dec 2019 13:10
Last Modified: 13 Jan 2020 07:33

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