IJLLL 2019 Vol.5(1): 37-46 ISSN: 2382-6282
DOI: 10.18178/IJLLL.2019.5.1.201

Galicia in Texts by Modern Ukrainian Authors: New Structures of “World Literature” Between Literature and Public History

Lesya Ivasyuk
Abstract—Re-defining the notion of “world literature” has become a challenge especially after the fall of the USSR and the appearance of many literatures whose background and content, both historical and mental, are rather unknown to Western Europe. The purpose of this article is to show the contradictions and the shortages of the modern theoretical approach to the notion of “world literature”, especially with regard to the socalled post-communist countries. This article examines Galicia, a historical region representing the problematics of an approach to new “world literatures”.
This article presents a number of the most representative case studies, which are analysed from the hermeneutical perspective. It shows that the „Western‟ theories trying to establish a new notion of “world literature” have a tendency to ignore the specifics and historical background of the so-called post-communist countries, observing the process of literature in one-way fashion „from West to East‟. The notion of “world literature”, however, is more complex than that offered in modern theories. It requires an interdisciplinary multilingual and historical approach with a platform for the transfer of knowledge and know-how between „West‟ and „East‟. The mere accent on the shift of these literatures from a national to an international paradigm seems to fail to reflect the complexity of the problematics to the extent to which it is necessary to establish a new notion of “world literature”.
In my approach to discovering new structures of “world literature”, public history has to be considered one of the most important key concepts.

Index Terms—Public history, Ukrainian literature, USSR, world literature.

L. Ivasyuk was with Vienna University, Vienna, 1010, Austria. (e-mail: lesya.ivasyuk@univie.ac.at).

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Cite:Lesya Ivasyuk, "Galicia in Texts by Modern Ukrainian Authors: New Structures of “World Literature” Between Literature and Public History," International Journal of Languages, Literature and Linguistics vol. 5, no. 1, pp. 37-46, 2019.

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