The metamorphosis of the image of centaur in Ukrainian literature of high modernism

Гальчук, Оксана Василівна (2017) The metamorphosis of the image of centaur in Ukrainian literature of high modernism Наукові праці: науково-методичний журнал. Філологія. Літературознавство (283). pp. 29-33. ISSN 2310-9815

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The article aims to illuminate a hitherto unexplored aspect of reception of a traditional image in Ukrainian literature of late modernism. The novelty is determined also by a considerable scholars’ interest to the problem of centauristics in general. The object of study is the transformation of the image of centaur as one of the precedent mythology images in Ukrainian literature of 1920-1930s. Namely, in the works of neoclassical poets Mykola Zerov and Maksym Rylsky; Andriy Malyshko who combined neo-romantic tendencies with artistic and ideological principles of socialist realism; and the vitalistic style creator Mykola Khvylovy. The prupose of the article is to consider Ukrainian variants of image of centaur, determine the relationship between the author’s interpretations and the aesthetic and ideological concepts of that era. Explicit expression of the image of centaur Chiron, transformed according to neoclassical aesthetics, is inherent to Zerov and Rylsky poetry. Their centaur is an embodiment of civilization’s victory over barbarism, of “natural” poet and close to the Nietzschean conception symbol of antiquity as a type of culture. Implicit expression is found early poetry by Malyshko’s; the centaur is a devoid of individual traits image of a rider of revolution with intensified seme of aggression. By contrast, Khvylovy chose not to implement the mythologem of centaur and embodied the principle of chimeric creature construction in the motif of duality and in his own life scenario. The further study of the image of centaur metamorphosis enables interesting findings for the history of Ukrainian literature and comparative studies.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: centaur; modernism; neoclassicists; neo-romantics; metamorphosis; reception; interpretation
Subjects: Це архівна тематика Київського університету імені Бориса Грінченка > Статті у журналах > Фахові (входять до переліку фахових, затверджений МОН)
Divisions: Це архівні підрозділи Київського університету імені Бориса Грінченка > Кафедра світової літератури
Depositing User: професор Оксана Гальчук
Date Deposited: 05 Dec 2017 14:29
Last Modified: 05 Dec 2017 14:29

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