Social Change and Images of Children in 1920s – 1930s Ukrainian Women’s Literature

Жигун, Сніжана Віталіївна (2020) Social Change and Images of Children in 1920s – 1930s Ukrainian Women’s Literature Колективна (три і більше авторів). Sociocultural dimensions of childhood. Prof. Marin Drinov Publishing House of Bulgarian Academy of Sciences, Sofia.

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This chapter describes the mismatch between Soviet conceptions of motherhood and real mothers’ experiences in late twentieth-century Ukraine via analysis of images of children in Ukrainian women’s literature. This period is marked by the considerable social and ideological changes caused by Bolsheviks’ decrees. Legally, they destroyed patriarchal society of that time. But realization of these ideas mutilated them. On the contrary, women’s texts of that time, in particular by N. Zabila and R. Troyanker, glorify motherhood approve it as the intelligent choice. These texts significantly discord with the propagandized ideas of a child as a new person saved from inheritance of tradition (the character of R. Troyanker, the Ukrainian Jew, worries future identity of the daughter Olenka); of a child as the hope of society (N. Zabila sees continuation of own femininity in the new-born daughter); of a child aloof from mother (the characters refuse the new relations for the sake of the child). The propagandized condemnation of “blind motherhood” is shown in the conflict between personal and public which paints motifs of a child’s disease or death. Thus, the analysed texts recorded real women’s experience of motherhood that does not match the ideological constructs relayed by the Soviet literature and media.

Item Type: Monograph (Колективна (три і більше авторів))
Uncontrolled Keywords: Children images; Women’s literature; Motherhood
Subjects: Монографії > Видані за кордоном (окрім країн СНД)
Divisions: Факультет української філології, культури і мистецтва > Кафедра української літератури, компаративістики і грінченкознавства
Depositing User: Сніжана Віталіївна Жигун
Date Deposited: 13 Aug 2020 09:11
Last Modified: 13 Aug 2020 09:11

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