Development and Modification of the Theme of the City in Ukrainian and Turkish Literatures

Семіх, К. (2018) Development and Modification of the Theme of the City in Ukrainian and Turkish Literatures Studia Philologica (Філологічні студії) : зб. наук. пр. (9). pp. 179-189. ISSN 2311-2425

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The relevance of the study of the artistic urbanism formation and development is due to the determining role of the city in human civilization and the particular demand of the city’s topos in contemporary literary discourse. In addition, the idea of the artistic urbanism specificity in Turkish and Ukrainian literatures makes it possible to consider the specifics of national variants of the image of the world as well; in modern literature, it is often represented precisely by the city’s topos. The aim of the study is to analyze the main stages of urban discourse in Ukrainian and Turkish literatures. For this purpose, it is necessary to accomplish the following tasks: to determine the stages of evolution of the image and theme of the city; to find out the main tendencies of each stage; to compare the specificity of the reproduction of artistic urbanism in Ukrainian and Turkish literatures. Both in the Ukrainian and Turkish writings, “urban text” as an artistic and literary phenomenon evolved from the image of the city to the theme of the city and, finally, to urbanistic discourse. Even in different historical, social and cultural conditions, in both national variants, this process had several stages: pre-classical (from ancient literature up to the 19th century), classical (until the end of the 19th century), modern (from the end of the 19th to the end of the 20th century) and postmodern (from the end of the 20th century and until now). In the pre-classical stage of urban artistic discourse in both studied literatures prevails metaphorical semantics; through the sacred architecture, the idea of the city is transmitted as a reproduction of God’s plan embodied by human hands. At the classical stage of urban discourse forms a chronotope of the city (which includes real geographic and symbolic content) as an aesthetic phenomenon, and as a territory where the national and personality identity of the hero is tested. The dominant interpretation of the theme of the city in the literature of early modernism, along with the increased interest of artists in the “accompanying” the urbanization phenomena of scientific and technological progress, the formation of a new urbanistic consciousness, etc. remains negative; the demonization of the image of the city is amplified by attempts to turn it into a myth about the eschatology of the “old world”

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: urban discourse; topos; chronotope; semantic city models; artistic urbanism
Subjects: Статті у журналах > Фахові (входять до переліку фахових, затверджений МОН)
Divisions: Інститути > Інститут філології > Кафедра української мови
Depositing User: Валерій Смуров
Date Deposited: 29 Mar 2018 07:14
Last Modified: 29 Mar 2018 07:14

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