Fictional Gender Models Of Contemporary Ukrainian Novels. – Manuscript. Thesis for the Doctor of Philology Degree. Specialty 10.01.06 – Theory of Literature and 10.01.01 – Ukrainian Literature. – Borys Grinchenko Kyiv University. – Kyiv, 2019.

Башкирова, Ольга Миколаївна (2019) Fictional Gender Models Of Contemporary Ukrainian Novels. – Manuscript. Thesis for the Doctor of Philology Degree. Specialty 10.01.06 – Theory of Literature and 10.01.01 – Ukrainian Literature. – Borys Grinchenko Kyiv University. – Kyiv, 2019. Post-Doctoral thesis, Київський університет імені Бориса Грінченка.

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Abstract

The thesis topicality is determined by the lack of a comprehensive exploration of gender mentality representation in contemporary Ukrainian fiction. Individual authorial gender-intentional fictional world models have been investigated both from the viewpoint of inherent text generation and functioning patterns, and extra-fictional, sociocultural factors for the first time in national Literary Studies discourse. The area of academic expertise, delineated in the thesis, the scope of research questions and the specific features of research material have presupposed the application of a specific methodology. Structural and semiotic combined approach has been instrumental to identify a work of fiction as a hierarchical semiotic system. Poststructuralist analysis maxims have facilitated the determination of a fictional text dynamic functionality, identification of the stable nucleus and the historically bound fluctuating periphery within its structure. Mythological and psycho-analytical methods have been implemented in order to identify the constants of novel imagery that correspond to the groundwork mental constructs (archetypes), and to discover their psychological content. Comparative and comparative-historical methods have been instrumental to juxtapose aesthetic reception of certain imagery dominants at different stages of a national literature development. The study specifies the notion of a fictional model. A fictional model is determined to be a generalization of a fictional world-view, embodied by a work of fiction, and is a multilayered in structure. The model deeper layers embody the archaic mental constructs; genre features, architectonics, system of characters and plot connections, narrative strategies comprise the dynamic layers of a piece of fiction, in prominent correlation with the style and literary process dominants of a certain time period. Sex and gender are featured in the study as fundamental dimensions of human existence, comprising the bedrock of modern fiction. These categories exhibit complexity and controversy in plot construction and narrative strategies. The thesis specifies the factors that determine gender mentality and correlate with its primary modes of representation in fiction: corporeality as a physical entity; norms of “male” and “female” behaviors, pertaining to a certain society; exemplary cultural guidelines, featured in mythology, literary output, mass culture, that generate feminine and masculine ideals. The study focus is on worldview-relevant fictional models that represent the complex correlation of these components and are interwoven with extra-textual reality. These models perform two types of functions: reflectory, interpretative (processing and representation of indicative socio-cultural trends) and prognostic (modeling of a desired or “mandatory” state of things). The thesis describes the correlation nature of the leading principles in modeling of the individual author's worldview with the main genre-stylistic vectors of contemporary Ukrainian novel fiction development. It is proved that, along with the postmodern aesthetic system, in the national writing of the beginning of the 21st century romantic, baroque, realistic systems, as well as populist traditions retain prominence. The main ways of the genre dynamics of the modern novel are outlined: on the one hand – orientation on rhizome, decentralization, game strategies, inherent in postmodern writing; on the other hand – orientation on the classic novel writing tradition (a novel as a model of life). The main fictional scenarios for overcoming the postcolonial trauma that are developing through gender perspective, are investigated. Examples of modern novel fiction indicate the coexistence of two leading strategies for self-identification of a postcolonial subject: the first one is through denial of parental experience (“negative identity”), inclusion in the circle of outsiders, carnivalization of gender and sexuality; the second one is actualised through the initiation model and involves conflict with parents, travel, temporary death, resurrection in a new status. The nature of female archetypes transformation in modern Ukrainian literature is explored; the leading types of masculinity, represented by modern novel fiction, are researched and systematized; special attention is paid to artistic strategies for the rehabilitation of national masculinity, which is of particular importance in the post-colonial cultural context. The general tendencies and substantial gender differences of the literary representation of worldview universalia, such as corporeality, space, life and death, are traced.

Item Type: Thesis (Post-Doctoral)
Uncontrolled Keywords: gender; fictional model; novel; genre; femininity; masculinity; postmodernism; postcolonialism; identity; corporeality; sexuality; archetype.
Subjects: Abstracts > Спецради Університету
Divisions: Institutes > Інститут філології > Кафедра української літератури і компаративістики
Depositing User: Ольга Миколаївна Башкирова
Date Deposited: 23 Dec 2019 12:11
Last Modified: 23 Dec 2019 12:11
URI: http://elibrary.kubg.edu.ua/id/eprint/29980

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