ʽBaby is My Trouble and Joy, This is an Unresolved Question in My Life ...ʼ: Motherhood in 1920s Ukrainian Women’s Literature

Жигун, Сніжана Віталіївна (2020) ʽBaby is My Trouble and Joy, This is an Unresolved Question in My Life ...ʼ: Motherhood in 1920s Ukrainian Women’s Literature Australian Slavonic and East European Studies (34). pp. 27-57. ISSN 0818 8149

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The women's texts of that time make it possible to look more closely at the experience of motherhood in times of dramatic social change in the 1920s. Unlike the texts of the media ideological discourse and the men's texts of those times, the women's prose problematizes the new construct of motherhood, and the lyrics convey personal experience. From the examined texts, we can conclude that motherhood at that time began to be thought of as a personal decision, not doom, but at the same time it induced a woman to keep her family, despite the current practice of simplified divorce. The opposition to ideology colors the motherhood of those times in general: it concerns both criticism of working conditions under which women are unable to take care of their children, and Marxist postulates, such as the breakdown of the family and the denial of family upbringing. The motif prevalence of the child’s illness and death (leaning upon the real high child mortality in those years) becomes an emotional argument against the ideological domination of the worker’s duties (wheels of the system) over the mother’s duties (which are thought of as non-systemic, almost non-ideological ones). However, in a lyric that reproduces the personal experience of poetesses, motherhood may conflict with the lyrical character's self-realization as a woman and as a creator.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Жіночі тексти; материнство; проблематизація; революція
Subjects: Це архівна тематика Київського університету імені Бориса Грінченка > Статті у журналах > Наукові (входять до інших наукометричних баз, крім перерахованих, мають ISSN, DOI, індекс цитування)
Divisions: Це архівні підрозділи Київського університету імені Бориса Грінченка > Факультет української філології, культури і мистецтва > Кафедра української літератури, компаративістики і грінченкознавства
Depositing User: Сніжана Віталіївна Жигун
Date Deposited: 02 Nov 2021 14:30
Last Modified: 02 Nov 2021 14:30
URI: https://elibrary.kubg.edu.ua/id/eprint/38046

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