Topoi of world literature as interpreted by Taras Shevchenko as an artist

Гальчук, Оксана Василівна (2023) Topoi of world literature as interpreted by Taras Shevchenko as an artist Закарпатські філологічні студії (29). pp. 293-300. ISSN 2663-4880; 2663-4899

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The study aims to determine the specifics of the author's interpretation of the world literary intertext in Shevchenko's paintings. This research focuses on Shevchenko's artistic works, which were inspired by themes from Antiquity, the Bible, and Western European literature. Through the use of historical-cultural, intertextual, and hermeneutic research methods, this study examines the author's motives for selecting a literary source and analyzes Shevchenko's interpretation of traditional plots based on the key themes present in his works. The research confirms that Shevchenko drew inspiration from themes of Antiquity for his historical and mythological paintings. Shevchenko endeavours to educate his audience on the historical and cultural profile of the civilization of Antiquity while focusing on such existential issues as death and loneliness. Shevchenko portrays the scenes related to the death of characters of Antiquity such as Alexander the Great, Socrates, Lucretia, and Virginia. Through these depictions, he reflects on the issue of choice, the balance between personal and national interests, and the problem of freedom. On the other hand, Shevchenko employs mythological and legendary plots to convey different aspects of solitude. Shevchenko's interpretation of the biblical intertext, specifically the parable of the prodigal son, demonstrates a tendency to emphasize new aspects in its interpretation. As a result, the original plot is updated and transformed into the author's interpretation of a tale about the struggle with losing one's sense of self. It has been concluded that Shevchenko possesses a deeper understanding of Shakespeare's King Lear beyond mere illustration. The image transforms into the author's mythological symbol of a tragic stoic. Meanwhile, Shevchenko adopts Defoe's proposed allegorical interpretation of Robinson Crusoe's image as the repentant prodigal son. Simultaneously, there is a distinct resemblance between Robinson's pictorial representation and Shevchenko's portrayal of Diogenes, including certain distinctive features that are typical of self-portraits. In summary, Shevchenko uses intertextual interpretation as a metalanguage to convey his main ideological narratives and to create analogies that express his artistic view of the world. This approach forms the foundation for the author's myth-making, which is also evident in his poetry

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Taras Shevchenko; painting discourse; world literary intertext; author's interpretation; intermediality
Subjects: Це архівна тематика Київського університету імені Бориса Грінченка > Статті у наукометричних базах > Index Copernicus
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 > Факультет української філології, культури і мистецтва > Кафедра світової літератури
Depositing User: професор Оксана Гальчук
Date Deposited: 09 Oct 2023 08:08
Last Modified: 09 Oct 2023 08:08

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